We understand your family's need for information regarding the next school year. Bentonville Schools is waiting for specific guidelines from the Arkansas Department of Health and our Department of Education. When that information is available, Dr. Jones will communicate all updates and give us direction for the 2020-2021 school year.
Correspondence from Principal Williams:
Some families have inquired about possible Kindergarten or 4th-grade promotion celebrations. Despite our staff’s strong desire to do so, we have been directed by the state and district leadership to hold off on all end of year celebrations at this time. We will let you know if/when that changes. Please understand, these restrictions are in place for the safety and wellbeing of others so that we can continue to mitigate exposure to the virus with the hope of returning to school in August.
As of right now, Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11th. We will send additional information your way in late July/early August with details and times. Be on the lookout for a postcard! The First Day of School is scheduled for Thursday, August 13th. As we receive additional information from the Governor, the Arkansas Department of Education, and our Superintendent, we will send it your way.
Correspondence from Superintendent Jones:
I know you have a number of questions and maybe a few concerns about returning in August. We have a district reopening school task force, with parent and medical representation, that will follow the directives of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Health to reopen the school, if allowed, in the safest way possible. I'll share regular updates throughout the summer with you. Virtual School will also be available in the fall for all students in grades K-12 if you don’t feel comfortable sending your child back. An email will be sent to you in early July regarding Virtual School. At that time, you’ll be asked to choose either Virtual School or traditional school for your student. More details to come soon on this opportunity.