County schools pivot to virtual amid COVID surge
Students in all three Carroll County school districts will be getting some unexpected time off from the classroom.
The Eureka Springs School District, which dismissed classes early Wednesday because of water main breaks near the school, made the decision to move to online learning through next week in response to an increased number of COVID-19 cases and related quarantines.
In the Eureka Springs district, students switched to virtual learning on Thursday with plans to return to the classroom on Tuesday, Jan. 18, following the Martin Luther King holiday. In Green Forest, students will go virtual Friday through Tuesday, Jan. 18, superintendent Matt Summers confirmed Friday, much like Berryville, where students aren’t expected to return until Wednesday, Jan. 19.
In addition, the regular meeting of the Green Forest district board has been rescheduled for Jan. 24.
Superintendents in all three districts said they hope the break will provide enough time for students and staff impacted by the novel coronavirus — as either a positive case or a quarantined close contact — to be able to return to the classroom.
“By that time, maybe that'll give us some time to kind of clear some things out and hopefully heal us and we can come back and get back to work,” said Eureka Springs superintendent Bryan Pruitt.
Of course, they said, that all could change next week.
“We're following all protocols and procedures to the best we can,” Summers said. “Obviously we want our staff and our students as healthy as possible, but this is just a trying time.”
For more on the story, see the Jan. 18 edition of the Carroll County News.