Armorel Schools transition to on-line

Saturday, October 10, 2020

In his Wednesday COVID-19 update, Blytheville Mayor James Sanders reported that the Armorel School District will be transitioning all classes to online as of Thursday, Oct. 8

The district’s target return date for face-to-face learning is set for Monday, Oct. 19.

“Our teachers and superintendents are all working very hard to ensure every one of our children are safe,” Sanders said. “We want to support all the school districts in our area and if there’s anything we can do to support them, we’re right here to do that.”

Sanders also reported that Northeast Arkansas continues to lead the state in COVID-19 growth rate at 6.9 percent according to the governor's report. The positive rate for COVID-19 in Mississippi County has also remained consistent at 53 percent.

Police Chief Ross Thompson also reported three officers are in isolation and awaiting test results following contact with people battling positive cases and also experiencing symptoms.

Both Chief Thompson and Mayor Sanders emphasized the importance of mental health and stated health professionals will be attending the upcoming press conferences to discuss effective ways to process the amount of social distancing and isolation caused by COVID-19.

“Covid has really stressed a lot of people out and if you're already suffering from some things, it’s just not helping,” Thompson said. “If anyone does need help, we’re here to do that.”