Meridian Public School District to begin school year with virtual learning

Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 5:44 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian Public School District students will still begin class on August 10, but all of the classwork will be done virtually.

The school board unanimously passed a motion for the virtual plan. Superintendent Dr. Amy Carter says students could tentatively return to campus on September 8.

“We don’t want to do anything to jeopardize the safety of our students. In preparing teachers for online instruction and online learning over the last few weeks, we just felt it was safer to go ahead and decide to adhere to the requests that a lot of our parents were asking,” said Carter.

Families who don’t have access to the necessary technology will be provided a device before school starts. District leaders say students can complete their schoolwork without internet access through a pre-downloaded app. However, there are plans in place to implement internet hot spots around town.

“We’re ready to start educating and working with our parents on how to use that virtual platform in a highly effective way from home,” said Melody Craft, secondary curriculum director . “We’ve been recording videos preparing a hotline for parents to be able to reach out to for assistance.”

District leaders encourage parents to contact their child’s school with questions about technology rentals.

Carter says as of today, 75% of students have enrolled for the upcoming school year.

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