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All local school districts closed for on-site instruction

by Marvin Richards | February 15, 2021 at 8:30 p.m.

On-site instruction at all the school districts in Union County will be closed today, and all have made plans to utilize Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) and virtual learning instead.

The Strong-Huttig School District announced Monday morning schools will be closed for on-site instruction and will move to virtual learning today and Wednesday.

“We are aware that some of our students do not have a device or access to internet; those students should complete paper AMI packets that have been sent home by their teachers. Both buildings will be closed, no buses will run, and no virtual meals will be served,” a statement released by the district said.

The Smackover-Norphlet School District also announced schools will be closed for on-campus instruction today and Wednesday.

Tuesday was already a scheduled day off for K-12 students. Wednesday will be considered a virtual/AMI day.

“The district is watching the weather forecast for the remainder of the week. It is possible that on-campus instruction will be closed for the remainder of the week if inclement weather continues,” a post on the Buckaroo Blog made Monday morning said.

The El Dorado School District announced the closure of school campuses and a pivot to virtual instruction today and Wednesday as well.

“We are aware that some of our onsite students do not have a device at home. Any student who does not have access to a device or the Internet will not be penalized and will have opportunities to complete their assignments. All buildings will be closed. Please be prepared for school closing beyond Wednesday based on the current forecast,” Melissa Powell, assistant superintendent, said in a statement on Monday morning.

The Parkers Chapel school District announced schools will be closed and will move to virtual instruction today and Wednesday also.

“Students will need to access Google Classroom or watch for messages from their teachers concerning assignments & classroom instruction. Announcements concerning possible addition weather days will be posted on the website and school Facebook pages,” Carrie Burson posted on the school district’s website.

The Junction City School District announced schools will be closed today and Wednesday and warned in a message to parents that it’s possible schools will remain closed throughout the week.

“Chromebooks were sent home last week in advance of winter storms. Students are expected to engage in virtual remote learning. In case of loss of power or internet, we will make necessary arrangements to make up schoolwork when the weather clears. Another powerful winter storm is forecast for Wednesday into Thursday. There is a high probability that we will not return to onsite instruction until Monday, February 22. As soon as it is safe to travel, we will return to school,” a statement on the district’s website said.


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