TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tupelo Public School District will return to instruction Tuesday, including in-person learning at its schools.
Middle school principal Mark Enis said parents will ultimately decide if they want their children to learn in school or virtually.
He said Tupelo Middle has approximately 1,100 students. Of those, approximately 230 students were distance learners before the Christmas break. Now, 40 of those 230 students are coming back to in-person classes.
“We’re excited to have them on campus,” Enis said of students. “We’re gonna’ have some teachers kinda show them around the building because some of these kids haven’t been in school since, you know, early spring of last year.”
Spanish teacher Mark Garrett said leading up to Tuesday, teachers have been conducting meetings and preparing lesson plans.
“It’ll be different for those students to transition back into the classroom, so to speak,” Garrett said of students returning to in-person classes.
Precautions against the virus remain.
“Masks are required. It doesn’t matter, even if you are within six feet or more, we still have to wear the mask,” (name) said
He added people will clean classrooms on a daily basis.
“I know mine personally, is every day; the custodian comes in and sprays everything, wipes everything down,” Garrett said.
“I know it’s cliché, but our number-one priority is safety of our students and our faculty and staff,” Enis said.