Batesville School District releases info for preschool reopening; Gary B. talks to Dr. Hester


The Batesville School District has released guidelines regarding the reopening of Batesville Preschool.

BSD received approval from the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Arkansas Department of Education: Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (ADE:DESE) to reopen Batesville Preschool temporarily as a child-care facility on Monday, April 27, the district noted in a release today.

The primary objective in opening is to provide childcare for “essential” employees previously served by Batesville Preschool. Extra precautions such as lower child-to-staff ratios, minimal adult building traffic, and twice-daily temperature checks for all staff and children will be in place. And the facility will be following all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.

Additional safety training has been completed with all staff to ensure approved guidelines laid out by the state are implemented, BSD said in the release.

When DHS and ADE deem it safe for summer camps to reconvene, Camp Pioneer for school-age children as well as the preschool summer program will begin, the release said.

For information on how to enroll in either of these programs, please contact the Preschool office at (870) 793-0630.

To listen to an interview White River Now’s Gary Bridgman conducted with Dr. Michael Hester, the BSD superintendent, click below.



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