Governor Tate Reeves announced on Tuesday that all Mississippi schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year, in response to safety measures for COVID-19.
This decision comes as the state’s shelter in place order is set to expire on April 20th. The governor stated that an announcement as to whether or not the order will be extended will be made at a later date.
Reeves also said that educators and school systems should continue distance learning, although school buildings are closed. He also said that students who follow along with distance learning should still be eligible to graduate.
A ‘Reopen Mississippi’ task force will be put in place to kickstart the economy once Mississippi is ready to open back up. A representative from each part of the state will be on the board.
According to the Mississippi Department of Health, Mississippi currently has over 3,000 COVID-19 cases as of April 14th.