MISSISSIPPI — As Shelby County School solidifies the start of its school year, many parents across the state line in Mississippi are asking how their students will learn this year.
Meanwhile, a lot is still up in the air for Mississippi students.
That’s because as the Mississippi State Health Officer said there’s some merit to starting in-person school learning later in the year, many school districts haven’t yet submitted their plans to the state.
“There is some merit to delaying school. And certainly, there is a lot of conversation about that,” said Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.
The infectious disease physician told reporters to expect more to come regarding guidance on delaying schools.
“The Mississippi AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) has had a lot of conversations about maybe talking about delaying school because of the high number of cases,” Dr. Dobbs said.
However, delaying schools won’t make any difference the virus isn’t under control by reopening.
“But if we’re going to do that, we have to couple that with a commitment to get the numbers down,” Dr. Dobbs said. “Because what I’m seeing right now is the numbers are not going to be better in September, they’re going to be worse.”
In the meantime, he shared his own thoughts on delaying school reopening in the Magnolia State.
“But delaying as appropriate and getting a little more time to make plans and also too to see where things are is a very valid approach and it’s something, I think can make some sense,” he said.
All schools are supposed to have their plans submitted to the state by Friday.
Tunica Schools just announced their classes will be delayed until Aug. 24 and FOX13 is told Lafayette County Schools are discussing the possibility of delaying the start of school at Monday night's school board meeting.
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