JSD COVID-19 General Information for Employees
JSD COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Employees
JSD COVID-19 Alternate Workspace for Employees
JSD COVID-19 Student Guidelines 2020-2021
Press Release June 17, 2020
From Superintendent Dr. Candra Brasel
As you know, recommendations regarding the return to school in the fall are changing rapidly. Multiple rumors are circulating as to what the start to school might look like. While we are still working out all of the details of our re-entry plan, there is one thing we are sure of - Jasper School District remains committed to ensuring our students have access to a high-quality education.
While it remains our hope that all students will be able to return to school this fall with minimal disruption, we realize our families will be making tough choices when it comes to the future of their child's education. Therefore, we are excited to announce that we will be providing multiple learning options for the 2020-2021 school year which include: high-quality traditional onsite instruction you are accustomed to, a blended environment combining both onsite and at-home learning, and a remote learning option for those families who desire to continue to learn from home. A school official will be reaching out to families toward the end of July to collectively create personalized learning plans for each student.
We look forward to the possibilities these options will bring to the families of the Jasper School District. More detailed information and specific plans will be released very soon. In addition, an announcement regarding plans for graduation on each campus will be communicated to you in the next few days. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate through these unprecedented times. As a district, we remain optimistic and hopeful that the best is yet to come! Again, thank you for choosing Jasper School District.
In response to COVID-19 public health emergency, a benefit program called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) has been developed for States to implement in assisting families that were receiving free or reduced lunches from their school. The program was designed to help replace the cost of meals incurred by families as a result of the State eliminating public school gatherings.
What is P-EBT?
- A program to provide nutrition benefits to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals because schools were closed.
- Eligible students and families will receive food benefits on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the school meals gap.
- P-EBT is for eligible children in public and private schools.
How will P-EBT be paid? Amount to be paid?
- This will be paid in a one-time payment and will be $319 per eligible child.
- Benefits will be issued to a SNAP household on their existing EBT Card.
- If a household has had their SNAP case close in the last 6 months, benefits will be issued on that household's existing EBT Card.
- Non-SNAP households will receive an EBT Card(s) with their child's name on it. (See attached Buck Slip on instructions to activate the EBT card.)
When will P-EBT be issued?
- Benefits should be issued by the end of June or early July.
- Guidance will be forthcoming regarding the exact dates the benefits will be issued.
- New P-EBT cards that are being issued will not be all mailed on the same day but over a period of several days.
Addresses may not be up to date for students that will be receiving the P-EBT card due to schools closing in March. Guidance below is for Parents to update their address if needed.
- Parents can call Client Assistance at 1-800-482-8988.
- Parents can email their address change to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New address changes will be recorded up to June 15th, so that the information can be sent to the vendor for card issuance.
- Parents will follow the same DCO business process that is in place by reporting their changes to Client Assistance or their local county office.
Note: Parents that do not receive SNAP and would like to verify if their address is correct should contact (call or email) their child's school district to determine if the school has the current address.
Attached is a flyer with the information needed to help assist with various questions that may arise. The P-EBT email address can also be used by anyone to ask questions specifically related to P-EBT.
Also attached is the Buck Slip insert that will be included in the mailing of the new P-EBT card offering guidance on activating the EBT card and general rules.
The DHS website also has some Q&A's that will help assist with answering questions concerning EBT. The link is: https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/resources/response-covid-19/response-covid-19-client/pandemic-snap.
As stated above, DHS will accept address updates by these methods through COB 6/15/2020. All updated addresses will be added as edits to the master file and become the address of record for the mailing.
If you have any questions please contact the SNAP Policy Unit.
700 Main, Slot S333
Little Rock, AR 72201