MAE hosts Back-to-School, COVID-19 conversation with Mississippi’s health leaders


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – With the 2021-2022 school year quickly approaching, teachers are concerned for the safety of their students.

The Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) hosted a virtual meeting with State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs and State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers to talk with teachers and educators about what the upcoming school year would look like amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Mississippi due to the Delta variant.

Dr. Paul Byers told teachers COVID cases inside the schools are going to flare up. “You’re going to have cases among your students, you’re going to have cases among your teachers. You’re going to see outbreaks.”

Both Dr. Byers and Dr. Dobbs said they are mirroring the CDC’s guidelines when it comes to children and teachers back in the classrooms; however, they suggested some extra precautions.

They said the vaccine is the best prevention against COVID and the Delta variant.

Other recommendations include rapid testing once a week for unvaccinated, asymptomatic students and teachers, unvaccinated people wear masks inside at all times, and contact tracing for anyone exposed to the virus to eliminate the spread.

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