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MDE Seeks Public Input on Prioritizing Federal Funds for School Restart and Recovery

May 20, 2020

The information below was released by the Mississippi Department of Education.

Mississippi Department of Education - Ensuring a bright future for every child The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is seeking public input to help the state prioritize the use of funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides one-time relief funds to respond to the impact of school closures due to COVID-19 and to assist schools with their restart and recovery plans.

There are many layers of considerations that go into how and when school buildings will reopen. The MDE is working to create guidance for local districts on the following topics: 

  • Summer transition 
  • Instructional materials
  • Diagnostic assessments 
  • Support to at-risk students and other vulnerable populations 
  • Building cleaning and infrastructure 
  • School meals, wraparound supports, conditions for learning
  • Communication and family engagement 

The MDE is collecting public input through the MDE CARES Act Public Survey through June 1, 2020.