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The Smackover-Norphlet School District has announced that in-person instruction the week of Nov. 16-20 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

According to the Buckaroo Blog, a food service employee recently tested positive for the virus, necessitating the quarantine of several food service personnel; as a result, the district will not hold face-to-face classes this week. Students were already scheduled to be on holiday the week of Nov. 23-27, so in-person classes will resume Nov. 30.

Students at Smackover Preschool, Norphlet Middle School and Smackover High School are asked to complete Alternate Methods of Instruction (AMI) packets that were sent home with them earlier in the school year. Smackover Elementary School students have not received AMI packets; they should pick theirs up at the school Monday, Nov. 16, at SES between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The AMI packets will also be available for download online by Monday afternoon. The Buckaroo Blog will be updated when the AMI packets become available online. Those who would like to pick up additional packets may do so Monday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at NMS and SHS. Parents are asked to contact their child’s school if they have further questions.

“We will do whatever we need to do to ensure our students have access to the packets,” SNSD Superintendent Jason Black said in an email to the News-Times.

Students receiving therapy will be contacted by their teachers or therapist.

Any students in PreK through 12th grade may pick up a lunch at the Norphlet preschool campus between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday of this week.

Basketball games that were previously scheduled have already been cancelled by Fouke, and Athletic Director David Osborn will update the Buckaroo Blog later this week with information about a Bucks football game that is currently scheduled for Nov. 20.

The Smackover-Norphlet School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Hobgood Auditorium; all who attend must wear face masks and practice social distancing. The meeting will be open to the public.

“Our community, parents, students, teachers and staff have done a tremendous job this year and we knew there would be adjustments that would have to be made. I’m thankful for our teachers and their ability to navigate the many hats they’ve worn this year,” Black said. “I also want to thank our community, staff, students, parents and school board as we continue to work through 2020 together. As a team, I’m confident in our ability to get through anything thrown at us.”

Black apologized for any inconvenience this week’s closure may cause, but said he is looking forward to seeing students back at school after the Thanksgiving holiday.

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