Local superintendent talks COVID-19 challenges

WATCH: Local superintendent talks COVID-19 challenges

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — DeSoto County School parents listen up: If you plan to change your child from in-person instruction to virtual or vice versa, you have until Friday to do it.

FOX13 spoke to the superintendent about the process and what he thinks the numbers will reflect in the next nine weeks.

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Desoto County School Superintendent Cory Uselton said it only takes filling out one form to change how your child will learn starting in January.

“It’s very simple to go through the process of changing from one format to the other,” Uselton said.

The deadline to get the form in is Friday.

“The reason we are doing it this week is because we want our schools to have time to prepare schedules for students that are moving from one mode of learning to the other to be prepared as soon as we return from the Christmas Holidays,” Uselton said.

Uselton said he does not see a huge change coming in numbers. Right now, 73 percent of the students are traditional in-person and 27 percent are virtual.

“I feel we will have some students go virtual and have some go traditional but I don’t expect a strong push like the numbers we had go traditional in October,” the superintendent said.

In October at the end of the first nine weeks, in-person learning jumped from 63 percent to 73 percent.

Uselton told us that one of the things that worked is limiting the school day on Fridays.

WATCH: Desoto County Schools Superintendent Cory Uselton talks about COVID-19 changes

“We’ve worked with our teachers to have 70 percent Fridays so they will have more time to plan for all of our students. We have given them the extra time not only do they have that for virtual students, but we also have them for traditional students,” Uselton said.

Uselton said because it works they will keep the plan in place.

“We have extended the 70 percent Fridays through the remainder of the school year. When we first implemented them it was to Christmas, but we feel like it has worked really well and improved instruction for the teachers,” he said.

The superintendent said the challenges of teaching during COVID-19 are constantly changing.

“Moving forward we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 number and quarantine numbers and we are at the same time offering the best possible education we can under these circumstances,” he said.