Mississippi governor closes public schools until April 17

The governor is shutting down schools in Mississippi as the number of coronavirus cases rise in the state.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 10:17 AM
Updated: Mar 19, 2020 1:02 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Gov. Tate Reeves is signing an executive order to close public schools until April 17 to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The governor made the announcement Thursday morning.

Many school districts in north Mississippi had already decided to cancel next week’s classes (March 23-27).

As of Thursday morning, the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed 50 cases.

Open this link to view the number of cases in Mississippi and Alabama.

He said schools will continue to receive state money and teachers will continue to be paid, The Associated Press reported. He said he wants students to continue learning. Reeves said he will also relax end-of-year testing requirements and school accountability measures. He said the state Board of Education will have “maximum flexibility” to waive rules.

The State Board of Education later affirmed the governor’s executive order, approved a waiver to a 180-day school year, the suspension of state tests and accountability grades for the 2019-20 school year, and MDE’s request for a federal waiver affirming the action.

You can watch his full statement in the video above.

Updated to clarify "public schools" instead of "schools."

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