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DeSoto County Schools first day

Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 7:41 PM CDT
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DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (WMC) - DeSoto County Schools, the largest school district in Mississippi, kicked off it’s new school year Thursday.

When asking students and parents how the felt to go back into the classroom they said, “Good, nervous.”

“Excited, the girls are so excited. They were looking so forward to starting third grade, so we’re just happy,” parent Greg Rambo said.

The district is back to 100% in-person learning. As of now there are no plans to learn virtually but that could change if there is an outbreak of COVID-19 at a school.

Parents say they prefer in-person learning, ″yes ma’am honestly for the children.”

“They did virtual last year, I think coming back to school will help them with their social skills so it’s needed,” parent Marquez Bean said.

The district hired an additional two teacher’s assistants for every school in hopes of combating learning loss.

When it comes to COVID-19, Superintendent Cory Uselton says all schools will follow covid-19 safety guidelines and says one thing has changed.

“We are not going to be to be testing we actually were planning on testing. It was going to be optional for parents if their child was a close contact to a case, but the state department of health changed their guidelines last week, and so that will not be part of the plan anymore,” Uselton said.

As for masks they are not required, but they are recommended. Some parents say their kids will be masking up.

“Just me and my wife’s decision is just for both of them to stay covered and keep their mask on,” Bean said.

Staff is not required to get the vaccine and they are not required to say if they got the shot.

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