ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-10-114

Date Created : 01/20/2010


Co-op Directors

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Yes
Section:   Communications - Julie Thompson, Director
School Closing Notification Change

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Julie Johnson Thompson

Phone Number:


Superintendents are no longer asked to notify the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) each day schools are closed in the local district. To that end, the link for the e-mails has been removed from the Web site.

The purpose of this policy was to allow ADE to be aware of school closures that could mean schools were in need of assistance from ADE. The policy also helped ADE respond to media inquiries from a statewide level.

In an effort to relieve districts from unnecessary reporting, however, please only notifiy ADE in the case of extenuating circumstances such as damage to facilities that will inturrupt classes for an extended period or interrupt state testing schedules. Feel free to request assistance from ADE or from the Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation Division (PSAFT) as necessary by e-mailing Dr. Tom Kimbrell at or Mr. Doug Eaton (PSAFT) at


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