school districts that opted to implement the Arkansas Ready for Learning Model
were granted certain specified waivers to allow districts the flexibility
needed to provide blended learning. The waiver of class size maximums for each
grade and certain classes, as set forth in various rules, applies only on days,
or portions of days, when technology-based approaches are the primary
instructional delivery, for specific groups of students that are receiving
their instruction primarily through technology-based approaches, or for staff
providing instruction primarily through technology-based approaches, or if
necessary to implement ADH requirements or guidelines.
requirements of Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-812(a)(1), (a)(3), and (b), to compensate
teachers who agree to teach more than the maximum “teaching load” of 150
students, were not waived.
the Standards for Accreditation tool is not programmed to differentiate between
students that are receiving instruction virtually or on-site, virtual courses
that exceed class size limits are causing exceptions in the system. In order to clear virtual class size
exceptions, districts will need to upload the Utilization of COVID-19 Ready for
Learning Class Size Waiver for Virtual Instruction form. In the SFA system under document management,
there is a new tab named Class Size Waiver.
The form can be found on this tab and must be printed, signed by the
superintendent and uploaded. The process
to clear the class size exceptions is the same as uploading the Statement of
Assurance. Once the form is uploaded,
the class size exceptions in SFA will be resolved.
assistance is needed, please contact the Standards Specialist assigned to your