School closures due to coronavirus concerns

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Governor Tate Reeves announced on Facebook Live that he will close all public schools in Mississippi until April 17, 2020. The schools are being closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Reeves will sign an executive order on March 19, 2020.

“I made this decision because I believe it’s in the best interest of all of our fellow Mississippians,” he said.

Reeves said he will relax end of year testing requirements and accountability measures. School districts will be paid their formula money in a timely manner, and teachers will get paid their annual salary on time.

“This is not a time for us to panic. This is a time for us to recognize that we are in unprecedented, uncharted waters,” said Reeves. “But we will get through it. We will get through it because we are Mississippians. We will get through it because we are resilient. We will get through it because we are all dedicated and committed to get through it.”

The Mississippi State Board of Education affirmed Reeves’ order to close through April 17. The board also approved the suspension of state assessments and accountability for the 2019-2020 school year. MDE requested a federal waiver affirming the action.

Here is a list of the public and private school closures:

  • Canton Public School District – Closed until April 17
  • Choctaw Tribal Schools – Closed March 16-20
  • Christ Covenant School – Campus closed March 16-27; Distance learning begins March 18
  • Claiborne County School District – Closed until April 17
  • Clinton Public School District – Closed until April 17; Students can pick up iPads at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, March 23 at Clinton Park, Northside and  Eastside
  • Hattiesburg Public School District – Closed until April 17
  • Hillcrest Christian School – Closed March 16-20
  • Hinds County School District – Closed until April 17
  • Holmes County Consolidated School – Closed until April 17
  • Jackson Academy – Closed March 16-20; Distance learning begins March 23
  • Jackson Prep – Campus closed until further notice; Classes will be held remotely starting March 18
  • Jackson Public Schools – Closed until April 17
  • Leake County School District – Closed until April 17
  • Madison County Schools – Closed until April 17
  • McComb School District – Closed until April 17
  • North Pike School District – Closed until April 17
  • Mississippi Schools for the Deaf and the Blind – Closed March 16-20
  • Over the Rainbow Childcare in Canton – Closed until March 30
  • Pearl Public School District – Closed until April 17; Distance learning begins March 23
  • Rankin County School District – Closed until April 17
  • Redeemer School – Closed March 16-20
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School – Closed March 16-20
  • St. Joseph Catholic School – Teaching students online
  • Saint Richard Catholic School – Closed March 16-20
  • Vicksburg Warren School District – Closed until April 17

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