Little Rock Schools to go Virtual for the Rest of the Week

Creator: Suzanne Burnette

Little Rock School District Superintendent Michael Poore announced the decision for all schools to go virtual in a Facebook video, saying it will make the move on Thursday and Friday. He said the district would consider over the weekend whether to continue the shift.’

At least 179 teachers and students from the district have tested positive for COVID-19 since December 29, Poore said.

The decision comes as Arkansas sees a record number of COVID-19 cases, fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant. The state on Tuesday reported its biggest one-day jump in cases since the pandemic began, and the number of cases is likely higher due to people testing at home or who are infected and not getting tested.

– Ella Breedlove