DeSoto County Schools delay start date for teachers continued training

WATCH: DeSoto County Schools delay start date for teachers' continued training

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — Schools in DeSoto County have decided to delay the start date due to needing more days for the teachers to learn about the new systems.

According to DeSoto County Schools Superintendent Cory Uselton, the delay in the school start is due to the fact that teachers will still be learning the new distance learning system they will be using to teach students this year.

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“Receive feedback from our principals and they really want us to add another day to or two days, we are implementing a new learning management system for the school year called schoology,” Uselton said. “This is going to be used for distance learning students and also if we have a statewide closure.”

The superintendent shared with us his message for parents going into this year.

“The message for parents is we are doing the best we can guidance changes on a frequent basis and we are just trying to make the best decisions we can for our students and our employees. There could be statewide shutdowns there could be individual school closures or they could be shifted to different schedules.”

The school system is strongly recommending that students wear masks during class changes and while on buses when social distancing is not possible.

They have also hired more school nurses.

“We hired an additional 17 nurses, we want to make sure that our elementary schools and middle schools and high schools have a full-time on-site nurse every school day,” Uselton said.