TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Governor Tate Reeves announced Tuesday afternoon that schools will stay closed for the rest of the semester, but school is not canceled.
In the press conference, Reeves said it was his intention for students to return to school on Monday; however, the data didn't justify that decision.
Tupelo Public School District Superintendent Rob Picou says he believes Reeves made the best decision.
“I know it was a very difficult decision and that’s why it took so long to make," he said. "But I think overall for the safety and health of our students, he made the right call."
Tupelo Public Schools have been implementing a distance learning program for students during this pandemic, and Picou will continue.
Working through this pandemic has been an adjustment for school administrators, parents and students.
Lori Carpenter, mother of a graduating senior in Booneville, says she is heartbroken that her daughter won't have a real senior experience.
“We did finish basketball, but we were looking forward to prom, graduation, talking to counselors face-to-face about college, and visiting campuses," Carpenter said.
Picou says he knows this has been a tough time for seniors and wants to make sure they get the recognition they deserve.
“We understand how important it is and there’s going to be a significant recognition of our graduates this year because they’ve worked hard and they’ve earned it."
Tupelo Public Schools and other districts will make decisions concerning graduation at a later date.