Information about COVID-19 Response

The New School is actively updating relevant information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and updates regarding the fall semester.

Where to Get Tested

If you have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 or require a test for any reason, please use the link below to find more information about receiving a test in Northwest Arkansas. 

Local Testing Locations

Screening Reminder

Parents and employees, please screen yourself and your child(ren) every morning. You should check your temperature and their temperature each morning when you and your child(ren) rise and ensure that neither you nor your child(ren) have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever >100.4
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Body aches or chills
  • Moderate to severe cough (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
  • Sore throat

If you or your child(ren) have any of the above symptoms, please contact your doctor for recommendations on testing.

Note that all ECE families and employees and all after school employees must complete the provided Google Form and will be screened onsite daily.

Distancing and Quarantine Criteria

For The New School's information regarding the bottom line about distancing and quarantine criteria, please view the following guide:

When to Notify The New School

In an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus within our staff and student body we are asking all parents/guardians, the students who will be in attendance on site, and all employees to notify our designated point of contact, Nurse Sarah Wilson, immediately when the following occurs:

  • Someone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Someone in the household has been identified as a close contact to a positive case of COVID-19, is requiring quarantine, and were recommended to be tested for COVID-19.
  • A student (attending on site) or an employee is being tested for COVID-19.
  • If symptomatic, the student or employee should remain in quarantine pending results of their COVID-19 test.

Community Commitment

The health and well-being of our community is the responsibility of every single individual within the community. Our goal of keeping campus open whenever possible and as safe as possible depends entirely on the responsible personal behavior of every member of our community. View The New School’s Attestation Statement here. 

Here at school, we have gone to great lengths to layer multiple mitigation strategies, as outlined in this plan and our FAQs. For these strategies to be effective, our students, employees, and families must consistently adhere to personal behaviors both in and out of school that reflect best practices for limiting the spread of infection. Please do your part by:

  • Completing daily screenings of yourself and your children.
  • Keeping your child home if they are ill and staying home if you are ill.
  • Utilizing face coverings consistently and effectively.
  • Maintaining physical distances of at least 6 feet, when interacting with those outside your household.
  • Practicing good hand hygiene and limiting face touching.
  • Reading school emails and communications to stay informed.
  • Prioritizing getting a flu vaccine, unless there is a medical reason not to do so.
  • Following school guidelines and expectations.
  • Living and modeling our values of curiosity, character, and community by showing kindness and approaching challenging situations with the most grace and curiosity you can manage.

Ready to Open Campus Plan and FAQs

The New School has created the plan linked below as a living document that we will update as needed and will be referenced throughout this time. This plan includes but is not limited to:

  • Requirements and Requests for families
  • Decisions Regarding Campus Closure
  • Risk Mitigation and Health
  • Traffic Flow for Drop Off and Pick Up
  • Dining and Food Service
  • Division Specific Information (ECE, K-6, 7-12) 

Ready to Open Campus Plan

Leadership and administration will also continue to update the frequently asked questions (FAQs) document linked here, which should serve as a helpful reference for The New School community.

Current Schedule

The New School Year for Fall 2020

The following options are available for parents to choose through January 5, 2021, and will be re-evaluated at that time. 

Early Childhood Education

The New School will resume on-campus instruction for students in Early Childhood Education (ages one through pre-kindergarten.) 

Kindergarten through Grade 12

The New School will provide parents the option to choose between 5-Day On-Campus Learning or Distance Learning for their students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. 

  • Our small class sizes and our spacious campus provide an advantage to student and teacher safety that we intend to leverage in this highly unusual time. 

  • In response parent interest, we are offering the Distance Learning (DL) Option to all families in K-12.

We are prioritizing risk mitigation, keeping early childhood education open, minimizing disruption during possible brief closures, providing student access to meaningful learning during any separation from school (individual or collective), and nurturing and doing right by our community. 

Please see the Ready to Open Campus Plan and Summary Guide to Goals and Risk Mitigation Strategies linked on this page for more information regarding Risk Mitigation, Distance Learning and On-Campus Learning. 


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Community Encouragement and Advice

Ms. Catherine is amazing! I can tell that she genuinely cares about her students by how my daughter Catherine beams with excitement when she tells me about her school day, Ms. Catherine, and Ms. Catherine’s cat Scout. Thank you so much! — Sonia Rye

We are really enjoying the daily "Mindful Moments" from Ms. Cailey! Her video about being silly had all of us laughing together. — Jennifer Holland

Ms. Laura deserves a Cougar Callout because she looked through 101 pages of chapter books on the Scholastic website and came up with an excellent list of recommendations for third grade students! We are so appreciative to her for taking the time to do that and to give her input on books that will be great for our kids. Plus, it gave us great direction on where to spend our Book Fair money! — Jennifer Holland

My shoutout goes to ms madison because she is handling this sooo well and is constantly making sure we are all understanding all the concepts that we are going over in our pre-algebra class!!

— Caylie Apperson

As far as Fiona was concerned, we were outside playing in the backyard like we always do and suddenly we began to hear a guitar coming from the front yard and Troy's voice. Fiona lit up and ran to the fence clapping and singing "Mr. Troy! Mr. Troy!" He sang to her for about 15 minutes. I could hear some of the neighbors cheering for him from another fenced in house.

Fiona was so excited. We love Troy so much; he is such a treasure.

Mr. Jason Mitchell is staying really connected with all of his advisees, and in science class he keeps mixing it up and keeping it interesting for all of us! — Middle School student

We have a wall in our house of each person's daily schedule and to-do list we've had before COVID-19. This giant to-do list keeps us on track without having to constantly refer back to the computer. 

TIP FOR PARENTS RUNNING TO ENTERTAIN YOUR TODDLERS... We love sensory play in our house! Find some plastic tubs around the house and you have endless possibilities.

Today, we used sugar and a kool-aid packet for color. I buried my 3-year-olds tiny trucks & now he's using his bigger construction trucks to rescue them...


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