TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright held a conference call on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the governor's school closure.
Gov. Tate Reeves announced Tuesday that all school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of the spring semester. However, distance education will continue.
Wright started the conference by saying the governor made a tough, but necessary decision.
One topic that the superintendent focused on was distance learning. Wright says the Department of Education is working to make sure this method is accessible to all students statewide.
"There are places in our rural community that don't have access to broadband. They don't have access to the internet, and I think that's something we need to address across the state", Wright said.
This is not just a problem for rural Mississippi. Tupelo Public School District Superintendent Dr. Rob Picou also said this is something they are noticing.
"We’re finding a significant gap in turns of equity with students who don’t have access to internet", Picou said.
State public schools will get a share of the federal stimulus money promoted by the coronavirus, and the state's leader of those schools indicated that may be a turning point on a problem facing the Magnolia State when it comes to accessing the internet.
“I think this is the perfect time for us to figure out that all children have access to the internet", Wright said.