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LRSD 'strongly recommends' students wear masks when school returns this fall

The Little Rock School District has announced its plans for school returning in the fall, offering in-person and virtual classes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Little Rock School District (LRSD) has announced its plans for school returning in the fall, offering in-person and virtual classes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In the statement, LRSD advised any students with underlying health issues in their family to consider the virtual option from home. The student will still have a seat in their school and wouldn't affect their placement.

The district is asking parents to fill out a form and choose on-site or virtual learning for their children by Monday, June 29. If they do not receive a response, LRSD will assume the student will be attending class in person.

On-site Instruction

The district said teachers will being using Schoology to teach classes, a platform that is easily transferred from in-person lessons to virtual lessons.

In the event the whole school has to work from home, Schoology allows teachers an easier transition to teaching fully online classes.

Students are asked to bring their own smart device such as an iPad, tablet, laptop, or cell phone to school every day. LRSD said they will provide one if they don't have one.

The district also "strongly recommends" that students ages 10 and older wear a mask when attending classes in-person.

"The district encourages parents/guardians to send a face mask with their student to school that their child feels comfortable wearing," LRSD said.

LRSD will have disposable masks on each school campus for students as well.

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Virtual Instruction

The Little Rock School District said with Schoology, students are to receive the same curriculum and services as kids attending in-person classes.

Online students are expected to participate daily, but the schedule can be more fluid and attendance is taken daily.

Students who opt to learn from home will also still be allowed to participate and attend extracurricular activities.

The Little Rock School District is set to resume classes on August 13, 2020.

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