health information

COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing. At this time, Searcy School District will follow the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines as opposed to the CDC recommendations. We strongly encourage vaccination as it better protects against serious illness and hospitalization. We will continue to keep our families, staff members, and patrons informed as we receive additional guidance. Below, you will find Covid-19 reminders.

COVID-19 Reminders

Recommendations to avoid COVID-19:

Please DO NOT send your child to school if sick or showing signs & symptoms of COVID (headache, runny nose, sore throat, cough).

If your child is tested for COVID-19 via rapid test, and the Primary Care Physician (PCP) sends the swab off for a PCR, the child may not return until the results of the PCR are received.

Please continue to practice regular hand-washing and sanitizing techniques.

Remember to physical distance and keep three feet between you and those around you.

If a member of your family tests positive for COVID-19, please do not send your child to school unless you have spoken with a Point of Contact, and it is approved.

Please read the definitions of isolation & quarantine below if your child is identified as one of these. Or if a member of your family is identified as one of these, please abide by these definitions.


Isolation - Required for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  This person must attempt to completely separate themselves from others for a minimum of 10 consecutive 24 hour periods; however, other criteria will apply when the person is either symptomatic or asymptomatic. If contacted by an ADH Representative for Case Investigation, the positive case will be issued an official ADH letter of release from isolation included in the onboarding packet, indicating when the individual will likely be ready to return to work or school.  However, the date of release may vary depending on the individual’s outcome.  The minimum isolation period will be extended to 20 days from onset of symptoms when a patient is hospitalized or has a medical history of severe immunosuppression.  

Quarantine - Required for someone identified as a Close Contact to a positive case of COVID-19, who does not meet the mitigating factors in the Close Contact definition.  This person must remain at home and avoid all public activities.  Quarantine day Zero begins on the date/time of last exposure to a positive case during the infectious period of the positive case OR when symptoms following exposure begin.

Point of Contact Information

Those staff members or parents of students in the elementary schools (McRae, Sidney Deener, and Westside) and Southwest Middle School should contact Dovie Baxter at 501-230-0383, and those employed or students at Ahlf Junior High School or Searcy High School should contact Tammy Bishop at 501-207-2514.

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.