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Contact the district POC immediately upon close contact and/or having a COVID test. If tested for COVID, students must remain at home until negative results can be provided. Bismarck does not accept home COVID test results. Point of Contact phone for COVID calls only - (501)617-3464. THE POC PHONE DOES NOT ACCEPT TEXT MESSAGES. During school breaks please use the POC email -

School Board Meeting

Tuesday November 16th @ 5:00pm

COVID-19 Point of Contact 501-617-3464

Kimberly Turner is the Bismarck School District COVID-19 Point of Contact. Please call her at 501-617-3464 anytime between 7:00am - 8:00pm 7 days a week with any reports of COVID-19 positive results or contact with a positive result. Email during school breaks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, Fall & Winter Breaks) *The POC phone is for COVID related calls only and the POC phone does NOT accept text messages.


As of 11/15/2021

Quarantined – 7

Isolated (+) – 3

*Totals include students and faculty

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Thank you, Veterans, for your service! Click below to watch our video program.  Bismarck School District and Bismarck Lions Club


Bismarck School District Mask Update October 19, 2021


Good evening,

I hope everyone had a great night of parent/teacher conferences! I wanted to let you know that effective tomorrow, October 20, 2021, Bismarck School District’s mask status will return to “highly recommended.” If at any time the District reaches a total of 75 Quarantine and/or Isolated (+) Students, Faculty, and Staff, we will return to the status of a “mask mandate” for all students, faculty, and staff. This is in order to ensure the safety of everyone on campus.

Based on new Quarantine guidelines released by the Governor today, the definition of a close contact in a school setting has changed from within 6 feet for 15 minutes to within 3 feet for 15 minutes. As a school district, we are required to follow all Quarantine and Isolation guidelines. Quarantine is intended to stop the spread of COVID-19 after you have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID. The CDC/ADH/DESE provides no flexibility in regards to following these guidelines. We have worked diligently for months seeking assistance from the Governor and the ADH, who are the governing bodies in Arkansas when it comes to COVID guidelines, in hopes of seeing a move from 6 feet to 3 feet. Although the mask status may be changing, all Quarantine and Isolation guidelines will continue to be strictly adhered to.

Although the mask mandate will revert to “highly recommended” tomorrow, just a reminder that vaccination eliminates the need for quarantine. Also, if both the close contact and positive case are masked, there is no need to quarantine so masking is always the safest alternative.

Our priority is to keep our students in school and to keep them safe! We have successfully kept our doors open throughout this pandemic and hope that by continuing to follow the safety protocols we already have in place, in addition to closely monitoring our mask protocol, all BSD students will continue to have a safe place to learn and grow.

Thank you,

Mrs. Kissire

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Bismarck Elementary is selected as 2019 National ESEA Distinguished School


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"We focus on creating personal and academic success for each child, because we recognize that we are not only creating learners, but our future leaders."

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Bismarck School District

On behalf of the Board of Education, faculty, and staff, we invite you to visit us and discover the many advantages offered by our district.  We provide the opportunities of a large school within a smaller school environment.  Our students have access to some of the best educators and programs in Arkansas.  We focus on creating personal and academic success for each child, because we recognize that we are not only creating learners, but our future leaders.  Our accomplishments are significant, and they did not happen by chance.  They are the result of dedicated individuals who care deeply about the well-being of each and every individual and who are committed to excellence.  Our district is an extension of our wonderful community.  Through our work as a collaborative community, our students will develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to achieve at a high level.
Susan K. Kissire

Bismarck School District is committed to ALL students’ success through:

  • Student-centered learning
  • 21st century knowledge and skills
  • High expectations
  • A collaborative team approach
  • Strong, positive relationships with parents & community

Bismarck Public School serves almost 1000 students in three (K-12) schools in Bismarck, Arkansas.  We are centrally located between Arkadelphia (12 miles) and Hot Springs (15 miles). The District's vision, mission, and principles guide its curriculum and extra-curricular activities.


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  Each year, more parents send their young child to elementary school equipped with a smartphone. For instance, the percentage of third-graders who reported having their own cellphone more than . . .

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Bismarck School District
11636 Hwy 84
Bismarck, Arkansas 71929

District Office Hours

 Monday – Friday

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(501) 865-4888


Phone: 501-865-4888


Bismarck School District Point of Contact (POC):

Kimberly Turner

Point of Contact Phone: (501)617-3464

*For COVID calls only

Hours: 7:00am – 8:00pm

After hours and school breaks:

**POC Phone does NOT accept text messages

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