JACKSON — Yesterday,
Governor Tate Reeves signed a new executive order implementing school
closures for the rest of the academic year to slow the spread of
Governor Reeves announced his decision to close schools at a
press briefing last week.
"One month ago, I said that closing our schools was the hardest
decision I've ever had to make in my 17 years of serving the public.
That still holds true today. Our teachers, students, school staff, and
parents have risen to the challenge in the past few weeks in the most
inspiring ways. You have my utmost respect and admiration for how you
have adapted during this difficult time. I know that Mississippi will
continue to do whatever it takes to ensure our students' education and
bright futures," said Governor Tate Reeves.
Providing educators flexibility in teaching and testing requirements,
the Executive Order recognizes the need to address the disruptions in
students' education caused by the closure of schools due to COVID-19
and prepare for the upcoming school year. Looking towards the upcoming
academic year, the Executive Order instructs each school district to
submit their plans for measures needed to address the disruption this
spring and prepare for the 2020-2021 academic school year. The school
districts must submit their plans for approval to the Mississippi State
Board of Education by June 1, 2020.
Each school district will continue to operate with their essential
faculty and staff, either working from home or at their school facility
following CDC health guidelines, to ensure all essential education
functions are performed and students' learning is not interrupted.
You can view Executive Order No. 1476 here.