Mississippi schools will remain closed but distance learning will continue, governor says

MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi students will not be returning to the classroom this school year, Governor Tate Reeves announced during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The governor said that just because students cannot be in school buildings, education does not stop.

Distance learning will continue and educators will be submitting special distance learning plans in the coming days and weeks.

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Schools will also be asked to submit plans for summer and early fall classes, but the governor said that this will not be a mandate for everyone.

The governor said that the state is taking into consideration families who do not have access to the equipment or materials needed for distance learning.

The state will also make sure the seniors are prepared for graduation.

If summer learning is needed for any student, it will be available. District superintendents will make those decisions based on the individual needs of the districts themselves.

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