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Contact: Robin White, Superintendent, 501-374-1957National Park Service News Release
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
to Delay Phased Access to the Park (Update as of June 5, 2020)
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 working to increase 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.
Due to an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, Little Rock Central High School NHS will delay Phase I access originally scheduled to begin on Monday, June 8.
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 now, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may continue to be limited. Current plans to move to Phase I (visitor center access, exhibits, park film and limited programming), Phase II (scheduled tours of no more than 10 visitors), and Phase III (full access to the visitor center, exhibits, park film, bookstore and scheduled tours of no more than 50 participants) will be contingent upon 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 5, 2020