DeSoto County Schools board discusses plan for reopening schools in the fall

Watch: DeSoto County Schools board discusses plan for reopening schools in the fall

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — Members of the Desoto County School District board held a meeting Tuesday to discuss the 2020-2021 school year.

The plan won't be finalized until just weeks before school is slated to start the first week of August.

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Michelle Free has grandkids in Desoto County Schools. She believed waiting to hear the decision until late in the summer will be tough on parents.

“I think they need to put it out as soon as possible,” Free said. “It's important for parents to make plans for the kids, whether they need childcare before or after school. They need to get on board.”

Free added that she was thankful the school system was taking extra precautions like possible distance learning for kids who are highly susceptible to COVID-19.

“I have a granddaughter with diabetes and type one diabetes and they need to take extra precautions,” Free said.

The district's plan included things like social distancing guidelines and hiring more nurses.

Samantha Todd, a mother of two, said she was worried about the beginning of the school year.

“I’m not looking forward to it,” Todd said. “I’m not sure when I let my kid go to school when this calms down or not. I might home school.”

Desoto County School officials said they are in the process of hiring 17 school nurses so each school will have a fulltime nurse.

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