Coronavirus Updates

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Governor Asa Hutchinson has authorized that all school districts in Arkansas close starting Tuesday through Spring Break. Monday is optional and up to each individual school district.

Schedule changes are also being announced by other facilities.

Here’s a list:

ALL public schools in Pulaski, Saline, Jefferson and Grant counties are closed Friday through March 27, by an order of Gov. Asa Hutchinson that was issued Thursday afternoon.

Mount St. Mary Academy (Little Rock) closed its campus at the end of the school day today, March 12. It will reopen on Monday, March 30.

Jacksonville North Pulaski School District – closed beginning March 13 through March 30.

NOTE: Meals for LRSD students to continue during school closure

Meanwhile, some Arkansas college and universities are altering their operations by moving all classwork through online channels.

Those colleges and universities include:
University of Arkansas suspends in-person classes, will begin all-online course delivery starting March 16 and continuing through the remainder of the semester.

UA Little Rock – effectively immediately, face-to-face classes will migrate to online – until further notice. On-campus events canceled through April 30 unless written authorization is granted by the vice chancellor.

University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service all classes will be moved online. Public events scheduled for the remainder of the spring semester, including Clinton School Speaker Series programs and the National Community Philanthropy Conference, have been cancelled or postponed with hopes to reschedule during the 2020-21 academic year.

Clinton Presidential Center will suspend most operations from March 14 through March 30, 2020. Includes: Library’s permanent and temporary exhibits, Research room, and Clinton Museum Store will be closed. 42 bar and table will suspend in-restaurant service but will offer a limited lunch menu available for curbside pick-up in Celebration Circle between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Arkansas State University (all-campus trial of online class delivery for next Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18. All classes will meet as scheduled on Monday, March 16). Following this online trial, Arkansas State will return from Spring Break in online classroom delivery starting Monday, March 30.

UCA classes canceled March 13-16. Courses transition to online only on March 17. Click here for full details.

Hendrix College (Conway) In-person classes will be canceled as of Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m. for the remainder of the semester. Monday, March 16: College-owned housing will close at 5 p.m. for the remainder of the semester. Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20: In-person classes will be canceled, and faculty training will be held for the transition to remote learning. Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27: The College’s Spring Break will continue as planned. Monday, March 30: Remote courses will begin, along with academic advising and registration for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Arkansas Tech University – In-person classes cease at 5 p.m. March 13 and move toward online instruction.

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (through March 30). Southeast Arkansas College (Pine Bluff) – closed through Sunday, March 15. Instruction is limited to online only, but the campus is NOT closed, administrative offices are open.

Southern Arkansas University Magnolia campus has cancelled all face-to-face classes scheduled for the week of March 16-20 prior to spring break March 23-27. Course delivery shifts fully online beginning March 30 through the remainder of the semester.

Pulaski Technical College – in-person classes canceled March 12-29, college continues to provide online learning and staff offices remain open.

UAM, UAM-Crossett and UAM-McGehee- all classes moved online only, student activities canceled until at least March 30.

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith: no on-campus classes from 5 p.m. Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 29. A decision to move classes online will not be made until Wednesday, March 26, with the hopes that students can return to campus Monday, March 30.

Shorter College: Full-time faculty and staff will report to work during normal operating hours. Faculty will also adhere to regularly scheduled office hours. Professors and instructors will communicate with students via email and Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) starting March 13, 2020. During this time, students are required to complete assignments within the allotted time. All student events are canceled until further notice. Classes are scheduled to resume on March 30, 2020.

Philander Smith College has made the decision to move from in-person class instruction to a hybrid remote approach effective Monday, March 23rd until further notice. Students will be on Spring Break as scheduled March 16 – 20. The following week (beginning March 23), the Spring Semester will resume with classes offered remotely – a hybrid model that will employ a mix of online and other remote capabilities. During the suspension of in-person classes, the campus will remain operational for staff and faculty. The 2020 Founder’s Day Celebration, which was to take place March 26, has been postponed. In conjunction, the leadership of the PSC-National Alumni Association is rescheduling its 64th Alumni Convention that was scheduled for March 26 – 29 in Little Rock.

CITIES/COUNTIES:

Declaration of emergency for City of Little Rock

Pulaski County Buildings: Restricted access to the Pulaski County Administration Building, Prosecutor’s Office, Pulaski County Regional Building (Bale Building), Pulaski County Courthouse and the Juvenile District Court Complex through March 31. Access is granted only to county employees, elected officials, judges, court officers, law enforcement and state employees who work for the courts and Prosecutor’s Office.

Faulkner County government offices closed.

The Sherwood District court postpones all First Appearances and trials (Traffic, Criminal, Civil and Small Claims), until after April 15. If you have a case in Sherwood, please contact the court at (501) 835-0898 to get a new court date.

NLR COMMUNITY CENTERS: The City of North Little Rock is closing all community centers, adult fitness centers, The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, and the Hays Senior Citizens Center effective Thursday evening at 8. The facilities will remain closed until at least March 30.

City of Jacksonville will close all indoor Parks and Recreation facilities to include the Community Center, Martin Street Youth Center, and Shooting Range. Furthermore, all athletic programs are postponed to include practices.

City of Benton is addressing coronavirus contingency plans on Monday March 16.

EVENTS:

Diamond Chef Arkansas rescheduled for Oct. 15

ProtectARVoices event planned for Saturday, March 21, to speak out against the “Petition Killer” amendment has been postponed. This is only a postponement and the planned event will be rescheduled as soon as events allow.

TobyMac concert set for March 13 at Simmons Bank Arena postponed until August.

CHER concert at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock that was set for March 14 is postponed to September 20.

High school basketball: Remainder of the AAA Basketball Finals are postponed until further notice.

Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA will cancel some upcoming events and reschedule others for the 2020-21 season. The following performances will be affected. “Celtic Angels Ireland,” originally scheduled for March 16, is being rescheduled for the 2020-21 season. “Yamato Drummers of Japan,” originally scheduled for March 18, is being cancelled. “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” originally scheduled for April 9, is being rescheduled for the 2020-21 season.

The First Ever 17th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, in downtown Hot Springs, has been postponed.

Baby Shark Live! April 19 performance at Simmons Bank Arena will be rescheduled for a later date.

OTHER:

Secretary of State John Thurston is ordering the closure of the Arkansas State Capitol to the public, effective Friday, March 13, 2020. Only authorized personnel will be permitted to enter the building for work purposes.

Arkansas National Guard: Army graduations, visitations closed to families, public. Includes Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training. Effective immediately at all Army locations where training occurs. Recommends parents and loved ones not purchase tickets to visit their Soldiers at BCT, AIT.

CHI St. Vincent (Little Rock) announced new guidelines for hospital visitors and has paused volunteer programs. Effective immediately, visitors will be limited to two (2) immediate family visitors per hospitalized patient, per day.

Baptist Health has restrictions for people entering facilities for purposes other than to receive medical care or visit a patient or family member. Visitors wishing to see patients will be limited to patient rooms only. All visitors must remain in the patient’s room or they will be asked kindly to leave the building. In addition, Baptist Health is suspending access to all common areas such as public waiting rooms and hospital cafeterias, which will only be available for hospital employees to get food.

Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 S. Broadway in Little Rock is closed to visitors and will remained closed until further notice.

Bryant Boys and Girls Club will be closed starting tomorrow, March 13 & will reopen Monday, March 30.

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church (Little Rock) – Worship services for Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 at 9 and 11 a.m. as well as the St. Luke Campus 9:30 a.m. service are cancelled. Also, Raney Lecture Series this weekend with Dr. L. Gregory Jones, Dean of Duke Divinity School postponed.

Fellowship Bible Church (Little Rock) Sunday, March 15 services online only at 9am, 11am or 5pm. ALL OTHER CHURCH EVENTS are CANCELED through March 29.

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended programs, outreach, and use of public meeting rooms effective immediately through the end of March.

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