DeSoto County Schools releases Return-To-Learn Plan

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — Keeping students and teachers safe was front and center at the DeSoto County Schools board meeting Wednesday. The board met to discuss coronavirus safety measures and protocols.

When classes resume on August 6, masks will be recommended but not mandatory for students and staff in DeSoto County Schools.

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Some argue that the masks should be a requirement and it’s too early to go back to school, while others say it’s about time.

The first thing parents will have to decide before school starts is whether their kids will stay at home or physically go to school.

“I’m very much concerned about their health,” said parent Phillip Owens. “I’m not for them going back without having a vaccination.”

Owens said he worries about his kids and the upcoming school year, but his children aren’t students -- they’re teachers. He told FOX13 he doesn’t understand why masks are not a requirement at DeSoto County Schools.

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“I don’t think it should be optional,” he said. “It’s not only protecting themselves but protecting others.”

If parents are worried about sending children to class, they can sign up for a virtual learning.

“I think they need to go to school instead of virtual stuff,” said Lyn Farrow. “Some folks is good but other folks are not.”

The school district plans on limiting the number of students in classrooms and cafeterias. There will also be a full time nurse on all campuses.

If possible, parents are encouraged to take their kids to school because it’s hard to social distance on the bus.

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“The kids need education. They have already been out three or four months now,” Farrow said.

The deadline to apply for virtual learning is July 22. If a student tests positive for COVID-19 the state health department will decide if they need to be quarantined for 14 days or not.

Read the district’s plan here.

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