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Mississippi school districts impacted by severe tornadoes return to the classroom

Damage in Rolling Fork after a tornado touched down in March 2023 (Photo courtesy of Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann)

All school districts that were impacted by the March 24 tornadoes and severe weather have resumed classes in Mississippi, with the exception of South Delta School District (SDSD).

According to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), the SDSD is expected to reopen on Friday, April 14.

The MDE released that the following districts were impacted by the March severe storms:

  • Amory County School District
  • Carroll County School District
  • Humphreys County School District
  • Monroe County School District
  • New Albany Public Schools
  • South Delta School District
  • Winona-Montgomery Consolidated District

MDE has provided guidance on enrolling displaced students in school districts across the state regardless of access to birth certificates, vaccination records, and other documents.

The MDE has also provided all school districts in the state maximum flexibility for scheduling statewide assessments by extending the statewide testing window on most assessments. If needed, tornado-affected districts may seek to extend the scheduling of the 3rd-grade grade reading assessment and assessments for seniors who need to retake an assessment to meet graduation requirements.

“MDE has been working with school district leaders to help them overcome obstacles to resume school as quickly as possible,” said Mike Kent, interim state superintendent of education. “We will continue to provide support to all affected districts, particularly the South Delta School District, whose community was the most severely damaged.”

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