In-Person and Virtual Learning
The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) set two policies that call for all school districts to resume in-person instruction as the primary mode of teaching starting in the 2021-22 school year. The policies set requirements for districts that choose to offer a virtual learning option to individual students and establish standards for virtual learning days. On August 19, 2021, the SBE voted to allow school districts to use hybrid scheduling through October 31, 2021, if needed, to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Hybrid scheduling enables districts to reduce the number of students in schools each day by scheduling a portion of students to learn online.
- Virtual Learning Option for Students
- School-Wide and District-Wide Virtual Learning Days
- Virtual Policies Q&A
Health and Safety
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is in charge of providing COVID-19 public health guidance to K-12 schools.
As a requirement of the American Rescue Plan: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP / ESSER III) fund, school districts (Local Educational Agencies/LEAs) receiving funds must develop a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services. School districts must update their plans at least every six months through September 30, 2023. Districts must seek public input on their plans take such input into account when revising their plans.
School districts must email a direct link to their approved plans to email@example.com. As the plan is revised and approved at least every six months, a link to the updated plan reflecting the date of revision must be emailed to this address. Initial plans were due May 28, 2021.
If a district/school closes and no instruction is provided, the district/school must report the closures to the Office of Safe and Orderly School at firstname.lastname@example.org. View closure reports: mdek12.org/OSOS/Weather-or-COVID-related-School-Closures.
District Operation Plans 2021-22