Alma school officials are preparing early for any school days that may be missed due to inclement weather.
Alma Primary School Principal Shawn Bullard handed out activity pages at the Alma School Board meeting Thursday night that were given to students this week to work on if school is dismissed because of inclement weather.
Activities on the page center around cold weather, with puzzles, questions and projects related to snow and ice.
After looking at how many days the school district missed last year because of winter weather, eight total class days, Bullard said he was inspired to create the activities handout.
The point of the activities, Bullard said, is to keep children academically engaged even when they have to miss school.
"We want to minimize the loss of education as much as we can on snow days by turning the snow and ice into a learning experience," Bullard said.
Activities also help parents engage with their kids, Bullard said.
Also during the board meeting, Superintendent David Woolly discussed the State Dance Competition, which was hosted by Alma High School.
Alma’s high school dance team won the state championship for the third year in a row, and will have 16 students going to Orlando, Fla., for the national competition at the end of January.
Alma’s dance team had also been first runner up in the competition for four years before their win three years ago, Woolly said. There are more than 200 students taking dance classes, he said.
School officials also have hired a company to do a technology evaluation on the school district. Technology is one thing not evaluated by the state and it would be beneficial to the district to learn about any problem areas, Woolly said.
Representatives with the company will visit Alma schools for about two days before giving their assessment, he said.
The next Alma School Board monthly meeting has been moved from Thursday, Dec. 11 to Tuesday, Dec. 9 to accommodate the Arkansas School Board Association Annual Conference.