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:
Support to at-risk students and other vulnerable populations
Building cleaning and infrastructure
School meals, wraparound supports, conditions for learning