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Monday March 15th @ 5:00pm

COVID-19 Guidelines for Bismarck School District 2020-21

Click here to view the Guidelines for Bismarck School District as we look forward to the start of the 2020-21 school year.

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 or email anytime between 6:00am - 9:00pm 7 days a week with any reports of COVID-19 positive results or contact with a positive result. *The POC phone does NOT accept text messages.

Hot Spot Application

Bismarck School District has been notified that we will receive a small number of hotspot devices. We have not yet received these devices and are unsure of the actual delivery date, but we want to be prepared to dispense them to eligible students within the district when we do receive them. These devices will be CIPA compliant (Child Internet Protection Act) and must follow the district’s Appropriate Use Agreement. Students receiving free and reduced meals will receive priority. Please complete the application below before the September 4th deadline. We will contact you if you qualify for a device.

Basketball Guidelines and Procedures

Please click the link to read the COVID Guidelines and Procedures for Home Basketball Games.


Click here for the online Kindergarten Registration Form for the 2021-22 school year.

2021-2022 Learning Options

Bismarck School District


  • 5 days a week onsite, traditional instruction with a Bismarck teacher.
  • COVID-19 safety guidelines for schools will be followed.
  • This is the best option for student learning, and we expect the vast majority of our students to be onsite 5 days a week next year.


  • 100% virtual with a district device. No additional hotspots are available. 
  • Only on campus for extra-curricular activities and summative testing.
  • Limited spots available for the virtual program for next year.
  • Any student interested in being virtual will apply. A committee will look at grades, attendance, and performance with virtual instruction this year to determine if the student will be admitted to the virtual program.
  • The instructor may not be a Bismarck teacher. It will be video-based instruction from a digital learning platform. Google Classroom with Bismarck teachers will not be the learning platform.
  • Because we have to purchase spots for the virtual program, we will require any student interested in being virtual for 2021-2022 to indicate VIRTUAL on this Survey. We will email those who choose VIRTUAL an application for the virtual program. If no application is received, virtual instruction will not be allowed. Parents and students will sign a virtual contract and a commitment for one semester will be required. Changing from virtual to onsite will only be allowed at semester.

Bismarck School District COVID-19 Point of Contact

Kimberly Turner:  501-617-3464 or

*The POC phone does NOT accept text messages

**Please report all positive COVID-19 test results and close contact with persons that have tested positive for COVID-19 IMMEDIATELY.

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September 1, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian:

We were so happy to welcome our students back last week! Although we are still adjusting to some of the necessary changes, it was a great week. We continue to focus on student/staff safety and a return to student instruction.

We have asked all students choosing to enter the Bismarck Virtual Academy to commit to a 9-week period. The deadline for any changes between virtual and onsite has passed unless there is an emergency situation. We are working to establish not only consistency and structure, but high quality instruction for both our onsite and virtual students. We are hoping that conditions across the state will improve over this first 9 weeks and virtual students will feel comfortable returning to campus at that time.

We continue to sanitize buses and every campus throughout the day, in addition to following all CDC/ADH/DESE and Governor’s mandates in regards to the wearing of masks, social distancing, etc… Safety is priority #1!

Students have done a great job adjusting to these mandates, have kept a positive attitude, and expressed so much happiness at returning to campus. Many students thrive on routine/structure and we know how difficult it can be to not see your friends, classmates, and teachers for so long. We are so proud of how our students have made this return so successful!

We appreciate you as well parents/guardians. Your support for your child and the district, in addition to the encouragement and positive guidance you give your child every day will help to make this year a great one. As I’ve said before, these are unprecedented times that we are all navigating together. Your support and positive communication is greatly appreciated!

Please contact your child’s campus office for any questions. We are in this together!


Susan Kissire


1 de septiembre de 2020

Estimado padre / tutor: ¡

Estuvimos muy felices de dar la bienvenida a nuestros estudiantes la semana pasada! Aunque todavía nos estamos adaptando a algunos de los cambios necesarios, fue una gran semana. Continuamos enfocándonos en la seguridad de los estudiantes / personal y el regreso a la instrucción de los estudiantes.

Hemos pedido a todos los estudiantes que elijan ingresar a la Academia Virtual de Bismarck que se comprometan a un período de 9 semanas. La fecha límite para cualquier cambio entre virtual e in situ ha pasado a menos que haya una situación de emergencia. Estamos trabajando para establecer no solo consistencia y estructura, sino instrucción de alta calidad tanto para nuestros estudiantes presenciales como virtuales. Esperamos que las condiciones en todo el estado mejoren durante estas primeras 9 semanas y que los estudiantes virtuales se sientan cómodos regresando al campus en ese momento.

Continuamos desinfectando los autobuses y todos los campus durante el día, además de seguir todos los mandatos de CDC / ADH / DESE y del Gobernador con respecto al uso de máscaras, distanciamiento social, etc. ¡La seguridad es la prioridad # 1!

Los estudiantes han hecho un gran trabajo ajustándose a estos mandatos, han mantenido una actitud positiva y han expresado mucha felicidad al regresar al campus. Muchos estudiantes prosperan con la rutina / estructura y sabemos lo difícil que puede ser no ver a sus amigos, compañeros de clase y maestros durante tanto tiempo. ¡Estamos muy orgullosos de la manera en que nuestros estudiantes han logrado que este regreso sea tan exitoso!

Les agradecemos a ustedes también a los padres / tutores. Su apoyo a su hijo y al distrito, además del aliento y la orientación positiva que le da a su hijo todos los días, ayudarán a que este año sea excelente. Como dije antes, estos son tiempos sin precedentes en los que todos navegamos juntos. ¡Su apoyo y comunicación positiva son muy apreciados!

Comuníquese con la oficina del campus de su hijo si tiene alguna pregunta. ¡Estamos en esto juntos!


Susan Kissire



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Bismarck Elementary is selected as 2019 National ESEA Distinguished School


BES Distinguished Schools Award

"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."

Welcome to

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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Contact Information

Bismarck School District
11636 Hwy 84
Bismarck, Arkansas 71929

District Office Hours

 Monday - Friday

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Phone: 501-865-4888

District Calendar

Upcoming Events

Current Weather

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Temperature: 42.4˚F

Feels Like: 38.61˚F

Wind Speeds: 1.92mph

Weather humidity: 82%

Chance of Precipitation: 0%


Parent Survey

As part of a coordinated response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in partnership with the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas has developed this Parent/Guardian Survey for soliciting family input on what is working now and what may be considered for the future. Thank you for your help.

No Cost Meals to Students!

No Cost Meals to Students!

The (USDA) has announced the extension of meals served at no cost to students through December 31, 2020.  The purpose of the extension is to assure that children have access to nutritious meals while the nation recovers from COVID-19.   During the pandemic, USDA has continued to provide flexibilities for the purpose of assisting families and assuring that children are fed whether they attend school in a classroom environment or as virtual students.

It is the intent of USDA, and the ADE, DESE, Child Nutrition Unit (CNU) to assure that Arkansas children have access to the meals they need while maintaining the integrity of the Child Nutrition Programs. 

Although students will receive meals at no charge through December 31, 2020, it is imperative that parents continue to work with our school district in completing and submitting free and reduced meal applications.  State and federal funds received by each district are determined by the free and reduced percentages collectively from meal applications.  Families who have not completed a meal applications are strongly encouraged to do so.

Thank you and we continue to look forward to a great year!

Susan Kissire



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