Alerts & Conditions

Photo of the Elizabeth Eckford bus bench, Central High School façade and the Commemorative Garden.
Photo of the Elizabeth Eckford bus bench, Central High School façade and the Commemorative Garden.

NPS Photo

 
3D model of the novel coronavirus, dubbed Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
3D model of the novel coronavirus, dubbed Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)

CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

COVID-19 Precautions - August 2021


Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of high COVID-19 transmission, park visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings.

Our visitor center and public programming are still subject to capacity limits; the park's interpretive film is unavailable at this time. If you need a mask to be inside our visitor center (a federal building), please ask a ranger or volunteer inside the visitor center.

Little Rock Central High School NHS continues to have modified visitor access to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus; some of the site's programming and facility access has been will be increased in scope on June 14.

The National Park Service encourages you to follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • If you feel sick, please visit another day.
  • Maintain 6 ft (2 m) social distance from other visitors, wash your hands, and do not gather in groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
 

Come prepared for the weather

Temperatures year-round can range from >100°F (38°C) to <20°F (-7°C). Summer days can be hot and humid, while the wind chill can make late fall and winter temperatures feel much colder. Your visit can be more enjoyable by checking the forecast and coming prepared to Little Rock Central High School NHS.

  • In the summer, be prepared for extreme heat and high humidity while outside at the Commemorative Garden, Magnolia Mobil Gas Station, Elizabeth Eckford Bus Bench, on the grounds of Little Rock Central High School or outside the Visitor Center.
    • Use sunscreen, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and use a hat/carry an umbrella for shade protection or rain coverage.
    • Drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty. Water fountains are available inside the visitor center.
    • Lightning can accompany storms, so if you hear thunder, take shelter.

 

Arkansas weather can change quickly. While the state is in a moderate temperate zone, it does experience strong thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash floods. In winter, "snow" events tend to quickly turn to thin ice which can be difficult to see and to clear. Summer temperatures and humidity can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Visitors are advised to dress in layers and be prepared for precipitation.

 

Last updated: August 2, 2021

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Mailing Address:

Little Rock Central High School NHS
2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202-5212

Phone:

501.374.1957

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