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Helena-West Helena, Wynne Public Schools close due to COVID-19 concerns

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Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 10:52 AM CST
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HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (WMC) - Two school districts in eastern Arkansas are going virtual this week due to COVID-19 concerns.

Helena-West Helena Central High School and J.F. Whal Elementary say students will switch to “Alternative Methods of Instruction” for the next four days, from Tuesday through Friday. Students will also be out of school for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Jan. 17.

Since schools will be closed, there will be no after-school activities or athletic events.

Meals will be provided at both campuses until noon Tuesday through Friday for students who would like to receive them.

During the closure, the buildings will be sanitized before the students return.

Classes will be back in session Jan. 18.

Wynne Public Schools made a similar announcement Tuesday afternoon that the district would be closed Thursday and Friday with no on-site learning. Instead, students will learn by alternative methods.

The district says this is in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Any students or staff currently quarantined or who become quarantined as of Wednesday will be able to return to school next Tuesday after the weekend and the MLK holiday Monday.

Wynne is also modifying instructional days at each building to reduce the number of exposures. Primary and intermediate students will remain with their homeroom teachers and reduce the amount of small group instruction.

Junior high classes will double block class periods next week. Tuesday and Thursday students will attend periods 1, 3, 5 and 7. Wednesday and Friday they will attend periods 2, 4, 6 and 7.

The high school will follow their four period A/B day schedule next week.

Athletics will follow AAA guidelines and stay in communication with opposing teams. Games will only be rescheduled if either team cannot play and a make-up date is agreed upon.

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