ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - Aberdeen schools were set to reopen in the beginning of August, but since cases have rose to 536 in Monroe County, the district is taking extra precautions to protect students and staff.
Not only will the first day of school be on August 24th, teachers will now start on the 17th as well.
Aberdeen's Superintendent, Jeff Clay, said the district wants every school to be thoroughly cleaned before teachers arrive.
"As we were talking to our stake holders, we felt like that this was going to be the best decision for our district," he said. "Cleaning is on going. that's on a daily basis. We're making sure the buildings are ready."
Once classes begin, Fridays will be a distant learning day for all students.
Superintendent Clay said administrators want to use Fridays for cleaning, teacher meetings, and parent conferences .
Administrators also plan to follow the hybrid model, which students will be put into an A and B group
Both groups will attend school twice a week on separate days.