DeSoto County students head back to school with updated COVID-19 guidelines

Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 5:35 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 6:14 AM CDT
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DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (WMC) - Thursday is the first day of school for DeSoto County Schools.

DCS is not requiring masks but they are recommended. Superintendent Cory Uselton says all schools will also follow COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The district is ready to welcome students back in person with no plans to learn virtually but that could change if there is an outbreak of COVID-19 at a school.

The district also hired additional teacher’s assistants for every school in hopes of combating learning loss and getting all students caught up.

Originally, Uselton told Action News 5 the district was planning to test students for COVID-19 on a voluntary basis if the student came into contact with someone with COVID-19. Uselton says the Mississippi Department of Health changed its guidelines last week, so the district will no longer be providing tests.

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