Education

  All students in George County now set to return on Aug. 17

Students in George County School District will all return to school on Aug. 17, said Superintendent Wade Whitney.

  Biloxi High School club cleans streets before new school year

  Catholic Diocese of Biloxi opens school year with Mass

  Gulfport Public Schools fully prepared for virtual learning

5 COVID-19 cases now confirmed in Corinth School District

  Gulfport School District denies request to waive fee for Harrison County students

  ‘Our district has failed us': Parents plead for Harrison County to push back first day of school

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Alcorn State moves to online learning after petition

Miss. Governor expected to issue executive order on schools Tuesday

COVID-19 testing made available on USM campus ahead of fall semester

  Students meet and greet teachers days before first school bells ring

Corinth School District reports additional COVID-19 cases after first week of school

State Health Officer: ‘I think it’s a good idea to delay school’

  Catholic Diocese of Biloxi schools prepare for in-person classes

The summer months were far from a vacation for local Catholic school educators as they prepared their campuses for the upcoming school year.

  Miss. Teachers Unite rally at governor’s mansion to delay school start

Teachers with Mississippi Teachers Unite rallied at Governor Tate Reeves’ mansion on Saturday.

  Educators, parents ‘preach to the choir’ at Mississippi Teachers Unite Rally

The Mississippi Chapter of Refuse to Return had some powerful words at Saturday’s Mississippi Teacher’s Unite rally in Biloxi.

  Rally at Biloxi Lighthouse will highlight school safety concerns

The Biloxi event is one of several taking place across Mississippi as most school districts prepare to send students back to the classroom next week.

  Pascagoula-Gautier School District postpones return to school by two days

  Local parents share back to school risk concerns in the age of coronavirus

  Miss. students must be up-to-date on vaccines even if taking online classes, doctor says

1,200 sign petition urging Alcorn State University not to resume in-person classes

  In spite of COVID-19 woes, some still dream of being nurses

  Jackson Co. family shares safety concerns for the upcoming school year

  CARES Act money helps school districts make technology, safety supply purchases

It took a pandemic to make it happen, but by the end of the year, almost every student in South Mississippi will have their own computer to take home.

St. Patrick unveils ‘SP Shield’ plan for coming year

Officials with St. Patrick High School have been working all summer to create the road map to guide everyone through a year in the time of COVID-19.

  Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast to become virtual education hubs

As a way to serve some of the children, each of the six units will now become a virtual education hub only for the children of those parents who choose the distance learning option but can’t be at home to oversee the process.

  Gulfport church hosts food, school supply giveaway

As often as possible, Fresh Oil Ministries in Gulfport hosts food giveaways to connect with the community. On Thursday, they also handed out free school supplies.

  Pass Christian teachers given safety kits full of PPE, sanitizer, wipes, and more

Pass Christian School District is keeping students and staff safe is by providing teachers safety kits full of supplies like PPE, sanitizer, and cleaning products.

  Pearl River County School District pushes back first day of school by a week

Instead of returning on Aug. 6, students in Pearl River County schools will start virtually on Thursday, Aug. 13 instead.

  ‘This is a really challenging set of circumstances,’ says child psychologist on new school year

Child psychologist says parents and guardians should talk regularly with their kids on school year expectations prior to return, in-person or virtual.

  Moss Point students to begin year virtually, phase into the classroom

The Moss Point School district will begin the 2020-2021 school year virtually for all students.

Gulfport city leaders ask school district to waive tuition payment for certain students

In an effort to give parents options for students returning to school, Gulfport city leaders are asking the Gulfport School District to waive a fee requirement for certain out of district students.

  Bay Waveland School District pushes first day of school back a month

Students in the Bay Waveland School District will not return to school until September, a month after they were originally set to go back.

Belhaven offers free online master’s program for full-time students

Belhaven University is offering full scholarships for online master’s degrees for its students.

  South Mississippi nursing graduates celebrate virtually

In lieu of a traditional graduation, two colleges held socially distanced celebrations Tuesday to honor nursing students.

  South Mississippi parents preparing children for school during pandemic

With the school year fast approaching, parents are shopping for laptops, hand sanitizer and other safety products, instead of the usual back to school supplies.

  Teacher voices safety concerns over the school year ahead

Schools reopening safely during the COVID-19 pandemic has many teachers concerned about their safety as well as the safety of the students.

  Gulfport School District resource officers prepare to return back in the classroom

Before classes resume next week for the Gulfport School District, school resource officers are getting back to basics.

  Back to School plans for every South Mississippi school district

South Mississippi students are set to return to class at the beginning of August, but every school district has a slightly different plan for how to best do it.

  Pandemic education creates challenges and opportunities for Coast schools

Schools have worked all summer to prepare distance learning plans, and in the classrooms, it will be a new environment for teachers and students.

  $6.67M grant awarded for PRCC’s workforce training in Hancock County

Pearl River Community College is receiving a $6.67 million RESTORE Act grant to support the school’s workforce training in Hancock County.

  Long Beach School Board revises plan to give all students option for distance learning

Since the school district's initial release of guidelines, the board has revised the plan multiple times, with the newest revision allowing all students to be able to apply for distance learning.

  Damp materials, sunny smiles at Popp’s Ferry Elementary meet and greet

Teachers are used to making changes on the fly and learning to go with the flow, even if that flow involves socially distancing in the rain.

  Mississippi educators surveyed overwhelmingly vote against traditional return to school

41.6% of educators surveyed voted for a hybrid school plan; 40.2% voted for virtual. Only 18.2% voted for a traditional school plan.

Dr. Dobbs on schools reopening: ‘It can be done safely'

For a safe return, though, Dobbs said that schools must be regimented in their approach.

  MGCCC changes names of Jefferson Davis campus in Gulfport

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has changed the name of its Gulfport campus.

  Parents react to school re-entry recommendations made by Mississippi physicians

The release suggested guidelines for re-opening schools in the fall.

  Group appeals to Gulfport School District for safe back to school plan

One thing that schools have learned during the pandemic is you can’t satisfy everyone. Districts are learning that lesson every day as parents respond to their return-to-school plans.

  Parents turn to home-schooling as coronavirus outbreak continues

Members of CHEC say at least 70 people at the event came by to learn about home schooling options this weekend.

  Infinity Science Center hosts Back To School Bang

It was all about rockets at the Back to School Bang at the Infinity Science Center. A rocket launch was just one of several activities for families at Saturday’s event.

Miss. physicians, pediatricians push for safe standards as schools reopen

The Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MS-AAP) and the Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) is advocating for several standards to be enforced before schools reopen in the fall.

  Harrison County School District now allowing virtual learning option to all students

On Friday, the board voting unanimously to allow all students the option to participate in online-only learning when school resumes.

  Coast mom prays for schools over tough pandemic decisions

As worries and concerns grow about the upcoming school year, a Woolmarket mother is taking action through prayer.

  Teachers get creative prepping for class, more than just safety protocols

Teachers at Biloxi Junior High School are finding creative solutions to keep students safe when they return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MDE: All school districts will finalize school year plans by July 31

Most school districts that have announced plans for school reopening include an option for parents to opt-in to distance learning.

  School districts use new tech, apps to provide live classroom experience

The use of technology in the classroom has taken huge leaps over the summer.

Rep. Miles calls for a delayed start of schools in Mississippi: ‘It is common sense'

Districts have until July 31 to finalize their plans for the fall semester.

  Parents raise concerns with Long Beach School District back-to-school plan

With the school year fast approaching, parents with children in Long Beach public schools have more questions than answers.

  As teachers prepare, administrators also prepare in case they get sick

As schools prepare to return, administrators are also bracing for a potential increase in teacher absenteeism as a result of COVID-19.

  Biloxi High creates videos to show students safety precautions for the new school year

In just two weeks, students in the Biloxi School District will head back to the classroom.

USM makes changes to Eagle Dining services due to COVID-19

Eating on campus will be a bit different for University of Southern Mississippi students this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Miss. high school removes Confederates as name of its sports teams

Caledonia High School has used the mascot since 1957, and it is often abbreviated to “Feds.”

  George County pushes back school opening, expands virtual learning options

George County schools are updating their distance-learning policy and superintendent Wade Whitney Jr. said the district is also pushing back the start date for students.

  Ocean Springs School District nurses get COVID-19 training

With only fifteen days left until the start of school, the Ocean Springs School District is busy at work training its nurses.

  Lessons learned from last year help guide distance learning in fall semester

School districts are relying on lessons learned at the end of last year to guide the future.

  Harrison Co. parents demand choice on whether to send kids back to school

The parents said they aren't opposed to schools reopening; they just want all children to be given the option of virtual learning.

  Virtual learning options are wide among South Mississippi schools

Virtual learning or in-class learning. Thanks to coronavirus, it’s a decision some parents have to make. Others will not get a choice.

  Harrison Co. School District offers option for virtual learning after special-called meeting

Although the district decided on the traditional school year plan, students will be required to wear masks.

  George County School District now allowing all students to apply for distance learning

In addition to this adjustment, the district also decided to push back the first day of school.

Mississippi teachers rally at State Capitol for delayed reopening of schools

Governor Reeves says he had a meeting with the State Superintendent and chairman of the State Board of Education today.

  Harrison Central basketball players receive academic scholarship

2020 HCHS graduates, Breanna Bobinger and Talvon Robinson, were recipients of the Robin Alfred Midcalf Student Athlete Scholarship.

  Parents call for virtual learning in Harrison County

Across the Coast, school districts are publishing their plans to resume school as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

  Mississippi educators express concerns about returning to school amid rising case numbers

Federal guidelines are in place that cover two weeks of pay if a teacher has to quarantine with COVID-19.

NCAA: Test all athletes for COVID-19 within 72 hours of game

The nation's largest governing body for college sports on Thursday released its latest guidance to help member schools navigate competition during the pandemic.

With school uncertainty, Miss. official asks: What about a 24/7 educational TV station?

Agricultural Commissioner Andy Gibson posed the idea on Facebook, calling it “Broadcast Mississippi’s Best Public Education.”

  High school band programs preparing for marching season

The Mississippi High School Activities Association has announced a two-week delay in fall sports. For high school band programs, this means that marching season is a go, for now.

  One of oldest buildings on St. Stanislaus campus torn down

Since its opening in 1854, St. Stanislaus College has seen thousands of students come and go. Now one of the oldest buildings left on campus is being reduced to a pile of bricks.

  Option to homeschool Coast children increases amid pandemic

The CDC has released some new guidelines for how schools should reopen this fall, and that’s causing some parents to rethink how they’re children will receive their education.

Ocean Springs schools to open with traditional schedule, option for virtual learning

The conclusion the board came to was to return to a traditional schedule while implementing enhanced health and safety protocols.

Pass Christian School District gives parents two options for upcoming school year

The Pass Christian School District released their plans for the 2020-2021 school year Tuesday, giving parents the option to choose between two different plans.

  Ole Miss begins process of relocating Confederate statue on campus

Last month, the Institute of Higher Learning approved the school’s request to relocate the monument to the University Cemetery.