On Thursday, a vote was held and approved by the Mississippi State Board of Education, allowing school districts to use a system of hybrid scheduling, part in-person instruction and part remote, to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
The option to schedule in this manner is available to districts now, and will extend through the end of October, 2021. The period may be extended after the board’s October meeting.
“The Mississippi Department of Education recommended the policy change because some superintendents expressed concern about the challenge of ensuring adequate social distance among students,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, WLBT reports. “Hybrid scheduling gives districts another strategy to help educate students safely.”
So far, the Simpson County School District will be offering parents the option of which method of learning to take.