Education

Ole Miss renaming building for activist turned administrator

The University of Mississippi says it’s renaming a campus building to honor a one-time student activist who became a longtime administrator at the school.

Hinds County School District upgrades air systems to kill COVID-19

Ole Miss administrators hold virtual Parents and Families Town Hall

  Continental, Hinds CC offer new paid apprenticeships

  Deadline nears for suggestions to rename Power Elementary

Southern Miss unveils Oseola McCarty statue

  Ole Miss students and parents upset with the way classes are being taught

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Holmes Community College to suspend football for two weeks due to positive coronavirus cases

  Kosciusko High football player in critical condition with COVID-19

50 percent of Brookhaven HS football team quarantined due to possible COVID-19 exposure

Piney Woods School raising money to help students afford enrollment

  Robert E. Lee elementary school to narrow new name choices to 3 finalists

Kosciusko High moving to virtual classes

Lee Elementary in Jackson to be renamed

A Jackson elementary school will soon have a new name. The Lee Renaming Committee has narrowed down a list of 30 to six semi-finalists. Nominees were chosen based on ties to the community, positive strides in education and being relevant to students.

JPS high schools host voter registration challenge

All seven of Jackson Public School high schools will host a voter registration challenge on Friday, September 25, and Monday, September 28.

Elem. teacher tests positive for COVID-19 days after Clinton returns to traditional schedule

Clinton Public School District says a teacher at Lovett Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.

Four Miss. schools receive National Blue Ribbon School Honors

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Clinton schools return to traditional schedule

  State Auditor: Ole Miss professor who went on strike broke the law

Rankin Co. students to receive free breakfast, lunch until end of year

  ‘Let’s stop making excuses;’ Families still waiting on laptops for students 6 weeks into school year

  Clinton Public School District offers free meals to students

Piney Woods School to host virtual fundraising campaign for low-income students

Nearly $1.5M awarded to improve school safety in the southern district of Mississippi

The funds were provided by the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

  Mississippi ranks #2 for most improved education, report finds

A new report says Mississipi is among five states earning national recognition for improvements in education.

Claiborne County School District transitions to hybrid learning schedule

The district began the school year with distance learning for all students, citing concerns based on the city’s COVID-19 cases.

Three teachers, two students test positive for COVID-19 in Clinton Public School District

No students were exposed or found to be in close contact with the positive cases and have not been forced to go into a 14-day quarantine.

  Local groups collects laptops for JPS students

An old laptop in your home could be an important tool for a child’s education.

State Auditor concerned with accuracy of education data

State Auditor Shad White says some school districts may have provided attendance data that may contain errors, and sometimes the Mississippi Department of Education doesn't verify it.

Ridgeland High School celebrates Senior Sidewalk Sunset

Ridgeland High School seniors meet on the campus Wednesday night to create chalk drawings at sunset to celebrate their last year of high school. Classes begin Thursday.

  How Ole Miss is handling isolation, quarantine orders

Ole Miss explains how quarantine and isolation cases are being handled including those who live on campus.

Grades 7-12 to return to Clinton schools in hybrid format

Beginning the Tuesday after Labor Day, Clinton students in grades 7 through 12 will transition from a purely virtual school experience to a hybrid schedule for at least two weeks.

Here’s how Mississippi colleges compare to rest of country in COVID-19 cases

The New York Times is collecting data from colleges across America reporting COVID-19 cases as school ramps back up.

Gulfport High Robotics team builds device for a Morgan Freeman film

The Gulfport High School Robotics team has an important role in the film. The students are creating a device that millions will see and celebrities will use.

29 cases of COVID-19 at East Central Middle School as outbreak grows

In total, 29 students at East Central Middle School have tested positive, but most of the cases are isolated to the sixth grade.

‘Facts are stubborn things’; State Auditor, MDE debate concerns over state law and use of CARES Act money

White says he has concerns MDE has ignored state law and made it more difficult for schools to purchase technology using money from the CARES Act.

  Drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites available for Miss. teachers and staff

The departments says any K-12 teacher, staff, or administrator can be tested for free at the county health department locations below. Testing hours are noon to 7 p.m., and no appointment is necessary.

  Health officials weigh in on college COVID-19 risks

Local health officials are now addressing the COVID-19 clusters showing up on college campuses.

  What consequences could Mississippi college students face for not following COVID-19 guidelines?

Gov. Reeves warns that college students can’t let their newfound freedom translate to ignoring coronavirus safety guidelines.

185 students, teachers at Biloxi High in quarantine after 11 test positive

Nearly 200 Biloxi High students and teachers are in quarantine after 11 people at the school tested positive for coronavirus.

  Holmes Community College opens with COVID-19 safety plan

Holmes Community College opens with Covid safety plan

Nursing class shifts to remote learning after 4 test positive for COVID at MUW

The four students who tested positive are isolating for 14 days off campus.

  Virtual learning not stopping JPS from providing free meals to students

Meals will be at designated bus stops from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for elementary and middle school students and from 12:30-1:30 p.m. for high school students.

  Jackson Prep shares in-person learning protocols

Currently, Jackson Prep is educating 729 students, and 24 of them are learning remotely.

Clinton Public School District: Assistant teacher tests positive for coronavirus

This is CPSD’s second positive case since the start of school on August 13.

Clinton Public School District reports first case of COVID-19

The district said the information was reported in efforts to remain transparent during the pandemic.

JPS cancels all sports and extracurricular activities for the Fall semester

The Jackson Public School District has announced that it will be canceling sports and extracurricular activities for the fall semester.

Several teachers test positive for COVID-19 at Rankin County school

The school said the academic year will begin as planned on Monday, August 17, in accordance with Rankin County School District

MHP implements Operation S.T.O.P campaign to promote school bus safety

The Mississippi Highway Patrol, along with the Mississippi Department of Education, is implementing the Operation S.T.O.P. (Safe Transport Of Pupils) traffic safety initiative.

100 students sent home from Gulfport High after teacher shows symptoms of COVID-19

Dozens of students at Gulfport High have been sent home after coming into contact with a teacher who may have COVID.

Ocean Springs students quarantined after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Only two days after starting back to school, a class of elementary students is now under quarantine after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

Alcorn School District now has 10 students, 4 employees with COVID-19

Alcorn School District in Corinth posted an update to Facebook Monday showing 10 students and four employees with the novel coronavirus.

  Miss. universities, community colleges awarded $3.5M

The funds will be used to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students towards the successful completion of their post-secondary education.

  MDE to provide 400K students with computer devices

Help is on the way to boost virtual learning effort for Mississippi students.

  Another Mississippi school district reports COVID-19 cases in students and staff

Three students and three staff members at Alcorn School District have tested positive for COVID-19.

  Corinth Superintendent: 116 students currently isolating

Less than two weeks ago, Corinth School District became the first district in Mississippi to return to class.

  State epidemiologist cites concerns as schools reopen

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers on Wednesday, who said he has some concerns like most do, but noted that the spread of the virus is something we can all help prevent.

  Childcare centers adjust as schools delay reopening

At Little Dreamers Childcare Center in Ridgeland, everyone over the age of three must wear a mask.

Mississippi schools have guidelines if and when a COVID-19 case is reported

The State Department of Health has guidelines for districts to follow when there are multiple cases of COVID-19.

Oxford School District pushes back start of 2020-21 school year

In an email to parents, Superintendent Brian Harvey said the Board of Trustees voted in favor of pushing the start date back to Aug. 24 with teachers returning Aug. 17.

COVID-19 cases now confirmed at other schools in Corinth School District

Corinth was the first school district in Mississippi to return to the classroom. Now in its second week, the district has seven confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

Hinds County School District delays school reopening for one week

The Hinds County School District has decided to delay its reopening for all students in grades PreK-12th until Monday, August 17.

Pearl Public Schools delay school year start until Aug. 17

The district says the delay is in response to Governor Tate Reeves’ recommendation from his press brief on Tuesday.

  Rankin County Schools announce one-week delay, hybrid start for all students

The Rankin County School District has announced online that it will make some changes to the start of the school year, following Governor Tate Reeves’ executive order on Tuesday for some school districts.

Gov. Reeves pushes school start date for 7-12th grade in 8 counties; Issues statewide mask mandate

Reeves has repeatedly said he believes students should be back in schools this fall.

  Governor announces statewide mask mandate and delayed starts for schools in some counties

Governor Reeves is implementing a statewide mask mandate and delaying the start for some but not all schools.

5 COVID-19 cases now confirmed in Corinth School District

The district posted on Facebook about receiving notification after school Monday of the additional individuals who tested positive for the virus, bringing Corinth’s total to five cases.

  Alcorn State moves to online learning after petition

Alcorn State University is shifting their plans to begin the school year.

  Back to school or not? Parents voice concerns about children’s return to the classrooms

With schools like Brandon High School set to start next week, state health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says that's not a good idea.

Miss. Governor expected to issue executive order on schools Tuesday

Gov. Reeves is expected to announce a new executive order regarding schools Tuesday during a press conference.

JPS: Laptop giveaway posts are not sponsored by district

To receive a device you must register your child for school.

  COVID-19 testing made available on USM campus ahead of fall semester

COVID-19 testing is now available on the Hattiesburg campus for students, faculty and staff of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Corinth School District reports additional COVID-19 cases after first week of school

On Monday, Corinth reported two additional cases at the high school.

State Health Officer: ‘I think it’s a good idea to delay school’

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says he believes school should not reopen this month.

Tougaloo delays students’ return to campus

However, classes will begin virtually Thursday, August 6.

  Miss. Teachers Unite rally at governor’s mansion to delay school start

Teachers with Mississippi Teachers Unite rallied at Governor Tate Reeves’ mansion on Saturday.

  Miss. students must be up-to-date on vaccines even if taking online classes, doctor says

Immunizations are important to keep on schedule, according to Dr. Gaudet.

  Corinth School District reports positive COVID-19 test during first week of school

District officials say contact tracing has been done at the school, and they’ve notified anyone who’s been in close contact with the person who test positive.

Back to School: How Central Miss. is handling the fall semester

Here’s how the school districts in Central Mississippi are handling the Fall semester.

Brookhaven School District delays school start

Students and staff will return to the classroom on August 31.

Madison County School District gives update on back-to-school plan

In a video, Superintendent Charlotte Seals addressed how the school district will resume the academic school year and deal with possible outbreaks of COVID-19 on campus.