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Communications and Government Relations

Communications and Government Relations

Mississippi Department of Education Compiles Learning-at-Home Resources


For Immediate Release: March 23, 2020 

JACKSON, Miss. –  The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has compiled a host of learning-at-home resources for students in pre-K through grade 12 to support student learning during the extended school closure. The resources are available online at

SBE Votes to Suspend Assessments, Accountability, Waive Missed School Days


For Immediate Release: March 19, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted today to suspend all federal and state assessments for the 2019-20 school year and to submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for exemption of those federal requirements.

As a result of the suspension of federal and state assessments, districts will retain the accountability grade for the 2020-21 school year that they received in the 2019-20 school year.

MDE Provides Guidance to Parents of Students with Disabilities About Services During School Closures


For Immediate Release: March 18, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Office of Special Education has created this Q & A as a resource to parents of children with disabilities to help support their learning during school closures. Please visit the MDE’s Special Education webpage for more information and for an email list of staff contacts:

MDE Secures Waivers to Expedite Approvals of School Meal Programs


For Immediate Release: March 17, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Child Nutrition (OCN) has secured two waivers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assist school districts in establishing meal programs at this time. These waivers allow all schools to serve meals to students during an unanticipated school closure. 

State Superintendent of Education Provides Recommendation Regarding Statewide Assessments and Accountability


For Immediate Release:  March 16, 2020

(JACKSON, MS) – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is providing this update on the impact of school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  

“This is an unprecedented time in our state and country, and the safety, health and well-being of students, school staff and communities are the MDE’s and the Mississippi State Board of Education’s (SBE) top priorities,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. 

Mississippi State Board of Education to Hold March 19 Meeting Virtually


For Immediate Release: March 12, 2020

WHO: Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE)

WHAT: The SBE will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting virtually, with board members participating via teleconference. The SBE is taking this step to limit public contact due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The public will have access to the SBE meeting via the livestream only.

WHEN: Thursday, March 19, 10 a.m.

Mississippi State Superintendent of Education Joins U.S. Census Bureau in Noxubee County School District for Statistics in Schools Week Launch


For Immediate Release: March 2, 2020

WHO: Dr. Carey Wright, Mississippi state superintendent of education

WHAT: The U.S. Census Bureau is hosting an event in Noxubee County to highlight efforts to ensure all children are counted in the 2020 Census. Children are among population groups historically undercounted in the census.

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