Little Rock middle school moves to virtual classes after 42 students exposed to COVID-19

Dunbar Middle School will move to virtual classes after a total of nine staff members and 42 students were found to need to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Dunbar Middle School will move to full virtual classes after a total of nine staff members and 42 students were found to need to quarantine after exposure to a staff member who tested positive for coronavirus.

The school in Little Rock was closed Tuesday, Sept. 8, after Principal Eunice Thrasher sent a letter out to parents stating that a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19.

After an investigation by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Little Rock School District Tuesday, they reported that the employee that tested positive will remain quarantined and the members and students will also quarantine for two weeks.

“Because this exposure could potentially reach more individuals within the Dunbar school community,” a statement from LRSD reads, the school will be moving from in person classes to virtual classes until Sept. 21.

Students and staff who are in need of being quarantined are in the process of being contacted. LRSD says they are cleaning and disinfecting the Dunbar campus today.

More important information:

Parents of in-person learners who need a device may check out one from the school at the following times:

• Tuesday (today), September 8th, 5-7 p.m.

• Wednesday, September 9th, 12-2 p.m.

Parents are requested to use the driveway near the east entrance to the building, remain in their car, and a staff person will come out to meet them. Parents will need their student’s ID number in order to check out a device. 

If the times are not convenient, please email Randy.Rutherford@lrsd.org to make arrangements. 

In-person students have already been completing assignments in Schoology and that will continue during virtual instruction.

Dunbar’s certified staff will work from home to provide virtual learning for all students.

We will update this article with more information as it becomes available.