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Gary B.: Batesville Preschool’s temporary status as childcare-only proceeding well

Batesville Preschool, which normally serves 300 children, has made a temporary conversion to childcare-only in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This area and the country as a whole need the service for those who are currently working, as well as for those who will soon be going back to work as restrictions ease, and each state reboots its economy.

White River Now’s Gary Bridgman spoke with Batesville Preschool Director Michelle Puckett, who explained the Batesville School District move.

“One thing that I want to clear up first is a lot of people said, ‘How can you get away with this? How are you able to do this?'” Puckett said. “We have the blessing of the ADE (Arkansas Department of Education). We have the blessing of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), as well as DHS (Deparment of Human Services) to open right now as a childcare facility. So we are not operating as a typical preschool like we normally do. We’re operating as a child care facility. That’s one of the key points in this. Normally we run about 300 kids. Right now, we are about at 80.”

Puckett said there is currently only one door used for entry which allows nurses to check each student for fever, etc. The parent is checked as well, although they are not currently coming into the building. Puckett said the staff is also checked, just like the children.


The new White River Now mobile app has started featuring regular COVID-19 updates and podcasts. In addition to the updates featured on the White River Now family of radio stations, the COVID-19 podcast section also features new interviews with Stone County Judge Stacey Avey, Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh, Independence County Judge Robert Griffin, state Sen. Stu Smith, and state Sen. James Sturch. Download the free White River Now mobile app today from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, and keep up-to-date on all local and state coronavirus information and to listen to the streams of White River Now radio stations.

We also carry live feeds of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s COVID-19’s briefings on-air at Arkansas 103.3, online at White River Now’s Facebook page, and through the Arkansas 103.3 stream on the White River Now mobile app on Arkansas 103.3.

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