Today, July 29 at 12:00 pm, the Board of Trustees supported my recommendation to delay the start of school and to begin with a 100 % virtual start. When I made the initial announcement about our district’s instructional delivery method, I informed you that the decision was based on the results of ourparent survey that was administered to our families. This past week, there were two articles that werereleased that outlined our growing number of COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, and in Jackson County specifically. One article from The Sun Herald outlined the continued increase, while the other was from the Mississippi Department of Pediatric Medicine, which recommended mandatory masks for everyoneand a delayed start to school.


It is with much research, review, discussion, consideration and planning with principals, teachers, andfamilies that I share with you our delay of school outline. The below are the expectations of the start of school for the 2020-2021 school year:


Delay of School Start for STUDENTS until Monday, August 17, 2020


100% Virtual School         Monday, August 17, 2020 until the following dates for review


Tuesday, September 8, 2020   Day after Labor Day Holiday

Monday, October 12, 2020                                            Beginning of 2nd 9 weeks

During the next weeks we will be completing the following:


Monday, July 27, 2020 – Friday, July 31, 2020       Grade Level / Department Meetings


Monday, August 3, 2020                                School Level COVID -19 Protocols Training COVID-19 Employee Testing



Tuesday, August 4, 2020                                School Level COVID-19 Protocol Training COVID-19 Employee Testing



Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – Friday, August 7, 2020     Teacher Technology Training

Chrome book Checkups /Check-outs Virtual School Registration

                   Saturday, August 8, 2020 – Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Parent “Virtual School” Orientation               


                      Thursday, August 13, 2020 – Friday, August14, 2020       Student Orientations – Virtual / In-Person  


                      Monday, August 17, 2020                                                MPSD Kicks-off 100% “Tiger Virtual School


This decision is based on the increased numbers of cases in our area, recommendations from the research, and the fact that 40% of our day is spent with our Tiger Family. This fact, I do not take lightly. Our Tiger family’s health and safety are our top priority while providing a quality education to our students. If you have immediate questions comments or concerns, please email Please know that we are in this together and I am confident that we are #strongertogether! We look forward to seeing our scholars virtually on Monday, August 17, 2020.