OSD Update: Covid19 School Closures

Messages from OSD, Miss. Dept of Ed, MHSAA, and the YMCA

Monday-March 16: Update from OSD (Covid-19 School Closures)

Answers to FAQs

  • The OSD will not be required to utilize the makeup days as we originally posted. (April 13th and May 21st)
  • Late-start days will be cancelled for the remainder of the 19-20 school year.

Online Instruction

More information will be coming regarding online/ at-home instruction activities for your students. We will be supporting students and families with tech support and phone support to achieve this goal.

Our curriculum team and school principals are working hard to make this possible. Details of the online learning system will be published on Wednesday for all stakeholders across all district platforms.


State Superintendent of Education Provides Recommendation Regarding Statewide Assessments and Accountability

(JACKSON, MS) – “This is an unprecedented time in our state and country, and the safety, health and well-being of students, school staff and communities are the MDE’s and the Mississippi State Board of Education’s (SBE) top priorities,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education.

Dr. Wright has made a recommendation to the SBE that state and federal assessment and accountability requirements be suspended for the 2019-20 school year. The MDE will seek the maximum authority and waivers afforded by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and other federal agencies.

Additionally, Dr. Wright will continue to work collaboratively with Gov. Tate Reeves and Dr. Thomas Dobbs, State Health Officer with the Mississippi Department of Health, as the pandemic evolves. Should schools statewide need to close for an extended period of time, Dr. Wright will recommend that the SBE waive applicable policies regarding attendance, promotion and graduation.

The SBE is scheduled to meet virtually at 10 a.m. March 19. The public is asked to view the meeting via livestream at http://bit.ly/SBElive.

The MDE is working with the Mississippi State Legislature to address the issue of pay during an extended closure for certified and non-certified school employees.

State and federal assessments included in this recommendation include:

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (post-test)
  • Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) and MAAP-Alternate English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science – Grades 3-8 and High School
  • U.S. History
  • ACT for 11th graders
  • English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)

MHSAA competition and practice suspended through March 29

CLINTON — To protect the health and safety of our students and communities, the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) is suspending all sanctioned contests and activities due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Mississippi. This policy was put in place after a conference call with the MHSAA Executive Committee on Monday morning. The Executive Committee is made up of 15 school administrators from around the state.

Effective immediately, March 16, all MHSAA interscholastic sports and fine-arts activities competition and practice is suspended through March 29 and until further notice. This suspension applies whether or not a school is open or closed during this timeline.

Contingency plans for continuing regular-season competition and return to play are being formulated and will be announced and implemented by the MHSAA at the appropriate time(s). Each spring fine-arts activity and sports championship event is being reviewed and actions will be taken with the possibility of new dates and venue sites. A decision to continue spring contests and activities will be made as soon as possible in the best interests of the student-athletes, coaches, administrators and communities.

“We urge our member schools and their communities to take every possible precaution to remain safe and healthy,” said MHSAA Executive Director Don Hinton. “MHSAA leadership is working diligently to adjust to this rapidly evolving situation and will share updates as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this unfortunate situation together.”

YMCA After-School Program

The OSD has been in communication with the YMCA regarding your questions about weekly bank drafts. Please see the comment below from their leadership. We will continue to work together to support our OSD families.

"In regard to our refund policy, it has always been that we offer alternative care arrangements without an extra charge for a full day of care. The industry standard in childcare is that you pay for your child on a continual basis and that care is not prorated or refunded even if the child does not attend, but we are the Y and we refuse to just allow the industry standard to guide our policies. That is why whenever possible we provide alternate care arrangements for a full day of care without an additional charge to your weekly fee.

However, we do understand these are unprecedented times and we are committed to resolving this with our families through a process that can facilitate a systematic and equitable approach to this challenge. We are thankful for your support."