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Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday that Arkansas public K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

“We’re not going to allow in-school instruction, but we will continue with the alternative methods of instruction through the remainder of this school year,” Hutchinson said.

Public schools will continue with alternative methods of instruction until May 1. Hutchinson originally announced March 15 that schools would remain closed until at least April 17.

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is working with the state’s Education Service Cooperatives to assist school districts with their AMI plans, said Department of Education cabinet secretary Johnny Key. The Division will also work to expand internet connectivity for students and staff.

Students who are on free or reduced lunch can continue to receive meals through meal deliveries or to-go options as long as they follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for sanitation and social distancing.

Fayetteville Public Schools are offering a 10 meal to-go pick up for children 18 and under at five Fayetteville locations on Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Springdale Public Schools are offering curbside pick up for to-go lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in various locations. Children 18 and under will receive two lunch and two breakfast meals Monday and Wednesday and one breakfast and lunch meal on Friday.

“I want to applaud our teachers and students for hanging in there and not giving up on this school year, but recognizing education has to continue even during this time of a virus,” Hutchinson said.

Abby Zimmardi is the multimedia editor for the Arkansas Traveler, where she previously worked as a staff reporter.

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