Roadmap to Reopening: Dr. Thurman Discusses Face Coverings & CPDA

Posted on 07/23/2020

I’m Dr. Tony Thurman, proud superintendent of the Cabot School District.

I would first like to offer a word of encouragement to every parent out there, regardless of the school or district; things are going to work out okay.   

There is so much uncertainty about the coming school year and the pressure to make many of these decisions is overwhelming for everyone. You are not alone.  We want to do our best to make that decision making process as user-friendly as possible. I’ve received several messages from parents asking about face coverings and enrollment in the Cabot Panther Digital Academy.  

Let me first address face covering. School systems in Arkansas and across the nation are adopting face covering guidelines.  We are no different.  

Since the Governor’s directive to require face coverings, we had many discussions on what this would look like in our school district. Please understand the challenge for schools when an arbitrary age is used as the benchmark because it doesn’t work in a school setting.  Quite simply, if every student turned 10 years of age on exactly the same day, this would be feasible.  We have students turning 10 years old in our elementary and middle schools. 

We decided it would be best to work with our students in all grades on wearing a face covering in those situations when we cannot maintain an appropriate social distance.  Also, we have many adults that want to be at school with your children this fall and we want to do everything we can to keep them healthy and present. 

Are we going to expel kids for taking off a face covering?  No. 

Are we going to allow many opportunities during the day for the face coverings to be removed? Absolutely!

It is totally unreasonable to expect a face covering to be worn at all times. Though we want to mitigate as many risks as possible for our students and staff, we have to be reasonable in implementation at every level.  

We know that it is going to take time to teach our students about face coverings and it is going to take patience on the part of everyone.  I can assure you that our teachers are really good at what they do and they know how to be reasonable.  

I ask that you give us a chance on the face coverings and let’s work together to take every precaution necessary to ensure the health and well-being of your students and our staff.  One thing I’ve learned over the years is that kids are resilient, and sometimes we underestimate what they are actually able to do with clear expectations, guidance, and encouragement. 

Now, here is more information on the Cabot Panther Digital Academy.  

If you decide that being at school is not what is best for your child, we will reopen the application for the Cabot Panther Digital Academy on Friday, July 24th and it will close on Sunday, July 26th.  We need a quick turnaround regarding additional applications since we are in the process of staffing the program at this time. If you have enrolled in CPDA, you’ll soon be receiving a message from the district regarding virtual orientation sessions that will take place in the coming days.  

For those that have enrolled in the Cabot Panther Digital Academy and have now chosen to return to our traditional classroom setting, you can call our district office at 843-3363 to let us know that you would like a traditional class schedule and teacher assignment. Open House for our traditional, in-class students will be on Thursday, August 20th.  

For all students, we are still a month from school opening.  We will not run final student schedules for any programs until the week preceding our opening, since many things happen with staffing and enrollment during this time. 

Keep a close check on our website and social media pages for the most current information. As always, Go Panthers!  

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Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
(Grades 7-12)

Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
Fax: (501) 843-0283

Cabot Freshman Academy

Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

ACE North
(Grades 9-12)

401 North Lincoln, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3546
Fax: (501) 941-3156

Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
Fax: (501) 941-2613

Cabot Learning Academy

Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
Fax: (501) 843-3138

Central Administrative Office

602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-3363
Fax: (501)843-0576

Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

Cabot Junior High South
38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746