Ida Burns Announcements
Our CPSD plans relating to COVID-19 for the 2021-22 school year are now on our website. Please know these are our plans as of TODAY. We will modify things as needed when we receive guidance from the state and as we continue to monitor conditions in our area. Any changes or updates will be posted here as we get ready to return to school in August. www.conwayschools.org/cpsdcovid
Click on this link for an important message to Conway Schools parents, students, and families from CPSD Superintendent Jeff Collum: https://bit.ly/julyintro
Friday May 28th will be the last Blended Friday here in Conway Public Schools. Thursday May 27th is the last day students are required to attend school onsite. We would like to thank all of our families, and our students, for the strength, grace and flexibility you have shown this school year. We wish you a relaxing summer, and look forward to doing more great things together in August.
The Conway School Board has now removed the requirement for students and staff to wear masks anytime they are outside the school building. Masks are still required inside all CPSD buildings until May 28th.
Conway Public Schools will return to offering onsite instruction only for the 2021-22 school year. The district will not offer a virtual option for CPSD students.
All current CPSD students (virtual or onsite) will complete next year’s registration in July. You will receive a message when it’s time for returning registration. Nothing else needs to be done at this time.
If you would like your child to attend school virtually for 2021-22, options are available outside of CPSD. We have linked some information on our website under "Find it Fast." Click on "2021-22 Instruction."
Please keep in mind these are separate and independent educational agencies not affiliated with Conway Public Schools. Choosing one of these options is similar to transferring to/from another school district. Students enrolled in these academies will not have CPSD teachers or curriculum because they are no longer Conway Schools students. Students may re-enroll in CPSD when they are ready to return onsite.
Conway Public Schools believes onsite learning is what is best for our students next year. As always, we are committed to providing a safe and caring environment where all students can learn each day.
Today the Governor announced the lifting of the statewide mask mandate requiring all Arkansans to wear masks while in public. This announcement does not change the guidance and recommendations given to schools by the Arkansas Department of Health and Department of Education.
Throughout this school year, Conway Public Schools has followed the requirements outlined in a COVID-19 School Board Resolution, passed by the board in August. These procedures have allowed us to maintain a safe, healthy environment for our students and staff. CPSD will continue to abide by the COVID protocols in this resolution, including wearing masks, until the end of this school year.
We appreciate your support and cooperation in this matter.
Tomorrow, Friday, February 26th will be a virtual day for all Conway Public Schools students so our teachers can receive the second dose of the COVID vaccine. Obviously this was planned at the beginning of February, before we knew this second day would follow a series of virtual days due to the weather. It is important for our teachers and staff to get the second dose and complete their vaccination process. We appreciate the understanding and support of our parents and families, and look forward to returning to a normal schedule next week.
All CPSD students will continue with virtual instruction tomorrow, Monday, February 22nd. Many roads inside our district remain unsafe for travel at this time. It is our hope that one more day will allow time for conditions to improve on these roads, as well as in our school entrances and parking lots. Thank you for your support as we make this decision in the best interest of our students and staff.
Conway Public Schools will remain closed for the rest of this week due to inclement weather. Thursday February 18th and Friday February 19th will be virtual learning days. Student assignments are posted in Seesaw (Grades K-4) and Schoology (Grades 5-12). Please have your student(s) complete these as best they can, knowing they will receive help- as well as grace and flexibility- when we return.
We plan to resume onsite instruction on Monday February 22nd. If things change, we will let you know on Sunday. Thank you for working together with us to support students during this time.
Conway Public Schools will pivot to virtual instruction Tuesday February 16th and Wednesday February 17th due to inclement weather. With the current forecast in mind, it is likely we will remain virtual for the remainder of the week as well. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and make that decision on Wednesday.
Students should log in to Seesaw or Schoology to access assignments and communicate with their teachers this week. Please watch for updated parent messages as things may change throughout the week. Thank you!
Conway Public Schools will be closed for onsite instruction tomorrow, Thursday February 11th, due to inclement weather. This will be a virtual day for all students and staff.
Friday February 12th and Monday February 15th were already designated as virtual days for CPSD- therefore onsite instruction will not resume until Tuesday February 16th.
Students should log in to Seesaw or Schoology for assignments on these virtual days.
CPSD will have our regular weekend boxes available for students to take home Thursday afternoon as we have done for the last few weeks: however, the district will not be distributing food boxes for the duration of the holiday break. Issues with our supply chain as well as USDA restrictions make it impossible to do so at this time. Virtual student’s meal box distribution will resume on January 4th. As a reminder, the USDA has extended the waiver for all students to eat free meals through the end of the 2020-2021 school year, regardless of eligibility.
If you are in need of assistance, information on CAPCA and other food pantries can be found at: www.foodpantries.org/ci/ar-conway
CPSD will have Thanksgiving Food Boxes prepared for families to pick up this Friday, November 20th, from 9am-noon at the Food Service Warehouse. (1902 Hairston Street) These boxes are available at no cost to all CPSD students. The first 1,000 boxes will even include a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner! We are thankful for our Food Service Workers!
In the last week, Ida Burns Elementary School has seen an increase in the number of COVID cases and students and staff who have had to be quarantined as a result of exposure. Ida Burns will pivot to virtual instruction beginning tomorrow, Friday November 13th- Friday November 20th. All onsite students will work virtually from home. Students should log into Seesaw to communicate with teachers about classes and assignments.
Meal boxes for the week will be available for all students to pick up Monday morning from 9-11 am at the Food Service Warehouse. (1902 Hairston)
We ask for your support and cooperation as we make this decision in the best interest of our staff and our students. Please help us by limiting your students’ group interactions and activities outside of school. Thank you.
This Friday October 23rd is a "Virtual Day" for Conway Schools teachers and students. This is different from "Blended Fridays." On virtual days, all students will learn from home, similar to AMI days in the past. Teachers will be working virtually as well. Students should log into Seesaw or Schoology to complete assignments for Friday. (No new material will be covered.)
Sallie Cone Preschool is included in the virtual day.
School resumes next week on our regular schedule Monday-Thursday (10/26-10/29), with Blended Friday (10/30) at the end of the week.
Conway Public Schools will offer blended learning days on Fridays each week, beginning next Friday, October 2nd.
“Blended Fridays” give parents/students the option of learning from home or school. Students who choose to learn from home on Fridays will not be counted absent. Instruction on blended Fridays will be 100% virtual. These are catch-up days for teachers and students: there will be no new content taught or major assessments given.
CPSD is making this change primarily to help ease the burden on our faculty. We have listened and we trust the feedback received from our teachers: the amount of work required with our current model of instruction is not sustainable. Blended Fridays will give teachers protected time for the added tasks that have come with this unusual school year, and are designed to bring relief to everyone: parents, students, and staff. This is a hard time for all of us. We hope this will help.
New schedule for onsite students (beginning September 28)
Monday-Thursday: Onsite Learning (students continue to come to school in person)
Friday: Blended Learning (students may login to LMS (Seesaw or Schoology) from home for virtual learning OR come to school in person to complete virtual work on campus
Important Information from our School Nurse:
· Next Monday 9/28/2020, I will be conducting the 4th grade vision screening
· Tuesday 9/29 I will be screening Kindergarten.
· If your child wears glasses, PLEASE make sure they bring them.
· Virtual students, may call the school and schedule an appointment with the nurse.
Please read these important reminders for parents regarding instruction (both virtual and onsite) this year: www.conwayschools.org/page/860
The federal government has extended a nationwide waiver giving free meals to all CPSD students through December 31st.
What you need to know:
• Because of funding regulations, we must still determine a student’s meal status (Free, Reduced, or Paid) this fall.
• If you qualify or think you qualify for Free or Reduced lunch this year, please complete the application now.
• The waiver applies to both breakfast and lunch each school day.
• The waiver applies to all meals purchased beginning Monday August 31st. So- if your student purchased any meals this week, their account will be credited.
• A la carte choices are not included under this waiver. These items must be paid for at the time of service.
• The waiver does not affect outstanding lunch balances from last year. If you owe money on your child’s account, please take care of these charges.
• The waiver currently extends through the end of the fall semester, and we will begin charging student accounts according to meal status in January.
Most students should now be able to login and access our Learning Management Systems without issue.
If you are still having difficulty, please email email@example.com.
When you email this address, someone will get back with you to troubleshoot your specific situation.
Students are not falling behind because of any technical difficulties.
Before emailing for help:
Be sure you have completed returning registration for your student. We still have more than 900 students whose registration is not complete. Their accounts will remain disabled until this is done.
Be sure you have read the district’s “How to” guides for See Saw and Schoology: https://ar50000572.schoolwires.net/Page/829
CPSD Athletic Events will have some changes this year, including capacity restrictions of no more than 33% and requiring all spectators to wear masks at all times during the event. Tickets for Junior High and Senior High Football games will be pre-sell ONLY this season. Please read the additional details on our website: https://ar50000572.schoolwires.net/Page/827
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Ida Burns Elem Drive - Thru Meet - N - Greet!!
Grades 1- 4
Wednesday August 19th
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
We hope to see you there!
The deadline for decisions about fall re-entry is Friday, August 14 at noon. Parents who have not made a definitive decision or who wish to change their decision need to contact their child’s school to communicate this information. Once school starts, if adjustments are needed, each family will be afforded the opportunity to make one change during the fall semester. If the student is attending on-site and wishes to transition to virtual, or if the student is attending virtually and needs to return to on-site instruction, the parent should contact the building administrator to be apprised of next steps.
If you chose the virtual option for this fall we will need to meet with you to discuss what the expectations are for virtual learning and provide you with the needed materials for this upcoming semester. MEETING TIMES ARE NEXT WEEK FOR VIRUTAL ORIENTATION! Please click on the link to find more information and sign up for a meeting time. We look forward to working with you this school year.
To help our students and families acclimate back into the school environment and learn new health and safety procedures in place at our school buildings, and to give teachers additional time to support individual students, Conway Public Schools will begin the 2020-21 School Year with a staggered start.
Only students whose last name begins with the letter(s) A-M will come to school on August 24th.
Only students whose last name begins with the letter(s) N-Z will come to school on August 25th.
All students will attend school on August 26th.
If students reside in the same household but have different last names, the principal will make all accommodations necessary to assist those families. Please contact your school if you have questions or need assistance.
During the first two days of school, teachers and staff will work with students to ensure the following:
Students have the technology and resources for use at home and at school.
Students receive support from the teacher to learn how to use the Learning Management System (Seesaw K-4; Schoology 5-12).
Students understand the protocols and procedures put in place for PPE usage and compliance with distancing and other guidelines from the Departments of Health and Education.
If you chose the VIRTUAL option for this fall we will need to meet with you to discuss what the expectations are for virtual learning and provide you with the needed materials for this upcoming semester. Please click on the link to find more information and sign up for a meeting time. We look forward to working with you this school year.
It is now time for our “Returning Student Registration,” where we ask you to update your information for the 2020-21 School Year! “Annual Required Forms” are now available online here https://ar50000572.schoolwires.net/Page/277 for returning students in grades 1-12. Please login and complete these forms now. Completion of the forms is required- for students in both the virtual and onsite learning environments- to begin the 2020-21 school year.
You will need your CPSD login and password to complete the Annual Required Forms. This information has been emailed to you if we have your correct email address. If you do not have your login, or you need other assistance, please call your child’s school where someone will be available to help you.
Annual Required Forms should be completed for all students prior to the first day of school. Students will not be able to use computers or have access to digital learning platforms until parents have signed the mandatory usage agreements found in returning registration.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. We are looking forward to a great school year!