Arkansas parents are fine with the quality of online education their kids are getting this school year, but they believe in-person learning is better, according to results from a recent poll.
Dr. Jared Cleveland
Passionate, innovative and a collaborative educational leader, Dr. Jared Cleveland is in his first year as Superintendent of Springdale Public Schools. He has served the district the past seven years as Deputy Superintendent.
Dr. Cleveland has overseen human resources, student services, legal services, transportation, food service, school safety/security, maintenance, construction and health services during his time as Deputy Superintendent.A graduate of Arkansas Tech with Master’s, Educational Specialist and Doctorate degrees from Harding University, Dr. Cleveland has previously served as Superintendent in Lavaca and Magazine. He was also a teacher, coach and principal in the Magazine School District.
Before moving to Springdale, Dr. Cleveland served as Assistant Commissioner of Finance in the Arkansas Department of Education in Little Rock. He is connected and highly respected by educational leaders throughout the state.
An excellent motivator, Dr. Cleveland has proven to be innovative throughout his educational career while maintaining personal commitment to integrity and excellence. His vision is to support and promote students who think creatively, experience learning and achieve academic excellence in order to contribute back to the community.
COVID LEAVE EXTENSION PROPOSAL
The Springdale Public School District plans to extend the use of a maximum of 20 days of COVID leave through June 30, 2021. The School Board will vote on the proposal on January 12, 2021 during the January School Board Meeting.
Please see the Proposal below:
SPRINGDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT EXTENDED COVID LEAVE PROPOSAL:
All state and federal COVID leave expired December 31, 2020.
However, Springdale School District employees will be allowed to use a maximum of 20 days of COVID leave from when COVID leave began (in June 2020) through June 30, 2021. This is not a provision of additional COVID leave days, but instead a Springdale School District extension of COVID leave through the end of the 2020-21 fiscal year for those employees who have not already taken 20 days of COVID leave.
The qualifying reasons for Springdale School District COVID leave are outlined below and follow the reasons previously used for COVID leave provided by State and Federal law. Maximum number of COVID leave for any and all reasons is 20 days.
Employees who request Springdale School District COVID leave for the green highlighted reasons would continue to receive ⅔ of their daily rate of pay (up to $200 per day) with the option to substitute ⅓ day of either sick or personal leave depending on the reason for COVID related leave.
All Springdale School District COVID leave must be supported by documentation BEFORE it will be granted. No documentation = No Springdale School District COVID leave. Days absent should be entered as “Pending COVID” in AESOP until COVID leave is approved.
This proposal does not extend the Emergency Family Medical Leave that allowed for up to 12 weeks of COVID leave if a school or childcare facility closes. Springdale School District COVID leave is available for this reason, but the leave will be capped at 10 days. Traditional FMLA is still available for qualifying reasons.
An employee’s eligibility for leave under this proposal will expire (1) if Federal or State leave for COVID is renewed, extended, or replaced or (2) on June 30, 2021, whichever comes first.
10 days are available for the following:
If the employee is subject to a State, Federal, or local quarantine order related to COVID-19;
If the employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
If the employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis;
If the employee is caring for an individual subject to a quarantine order or who has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine (leave paid at ⅔ daily rate, up to $200 per day, with option to substitute ⅓ sick day)
If the employee is caring for an individual whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 (leave paid at ⅔ daily rate, up to $200 per day, with option to substitute ⅓ personal day)
An additional 10 days are available for the following:
If the employee tests positive for COVID-19;
If the employee is a close contact or probable close contact; or
If the employee is experiencing COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis
Dr. Jared Cleveland on the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Podcast
Discussion on Arkansas Statewide Survey on Education and Covid-19
A discussion on a survey of a statewide survey on education and covid-19 in Arkansas with Robert Coon with the Impact Management Group, Candace Williams, executive director of the Rural Community Alliance and Jared Cleveland, superintendent of the Springdale School District.
Poll finds Arkansas parents appreciate schools' efforts this year
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