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Contact: Robin White, Superintendent, 501-374-1957Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
to Begin Phased Access to the Park (Update as of June 12)
Little Rock, Arkansas - Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Little Rock Central High School NHS is increasing visitor access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Beginning June 15, 2020, Little Rock Central High School NHS will begin Phase I access to:
- National Historic Site Visitor Center
- Free admission, open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT with limited services
- No more than 10 visitors will be allowed inside visitor center at any time
- (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. last entry)
- Visitors may have to wait to access and may be restricted to 30 minutes in the visitor center on higher visitation days
- (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. last entry)
- Exhibits open, but the park film will be shown only upon request
- (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. last viewing)
- Limited informal programming on NHS grounds
- (selected times between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Outdoor spaces at Little Rock Central High School NHS remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance:
- Commemorative Garden
- Elizabeth Eckford Commemorative Bench
“This decision, made with guidance from federal, state and local health authorities, will allow Little Rock Central High School NHS to serve our internal and external constituents as well as continue to protect our cultural and natural resources,” said Superintendent Robin White.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Little Rock Central High School NHS, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
While these above areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. Current plans are for Phase II of park operations to begin on June 22 and to include scheduled tours of no more than 10 visitors [for more information on scheduling tours, visit the Guided Tours page on our park website]. Please note that scheduled tours will not have access inside Little Rock Central High School at this time. Phase III will eventually allow full access to the visitor center, exhibits, park film, bookstore and scheduled tours of no more than 50 participants. However, moving to Phase II and eventually Phase III is contingent upon successful implementation of Phase I beginning June 15 as well as sufficient staff capacity, personal protective equipment, and current local and state health guidance. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders from the Arkansas Department of Health, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website, www.nps.gov/chsc, and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
Last updated: June 12, 2020