The Lawrence County students went back to school September 14 and so far, the process has been relatively smooth.
However, enrollment in county schools is down approximately eight percent from the numbers in school in May.
Last week during the regular monthly meeting of the Lawrence County School Board, Superintendent of Education Dr. Titus M. Hines reported that everyone involved stepped up to see that everything ran as smoothly as possible when students returned to campus Monday, evaluated the results, made adjustments, and had no major problems on Tuesday.
District one board member Dr. Mark Herbert asked how many students had chosen distance learning for this semester. The option is available to students because of COVID-19 concerns.
Hines did not have numbers district-wide, but administrators from Lawrence County High School and Topeka-Tilton Attendance Center said about 20% of the students on those campuses have chosen not attend class.
Hines reported to board members other coronavirus-related issues and changes, including:
The Mississippi Department of Education has issued waivers releasing board members from their requirement to visit schools this year.
Also, a 10-day waiver has been issued for the 180 days required by the department for the school year. The 10 days can only be used on COVID related issues.
Graduation requirements for the class of 2021 will remain unchanged. Seniors must meet all requirements as set forth by state guidelines and local school boards have no authority to change the requirements.
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