Booneville School District students will return to a normal schedule with no online option when the new school year begins in August.

Wednesday, August 4 will mark the first day of school for BSD students.

Superintendent Dr. Todd English said they are looking forward to a more traditional year after dealing with numerous disruptions and changes related to the pandemic.

“It’s going to be a normal school year,” he said.

Students will attend in-person classes five days per week on a traditional schedule.

English said the district has decided not to offer an online-only option for students this fall after reviewing the latest requirements from the Mississippi Department of Education. He said he has no problem with MDE which is trying to make rules to fit districts across the state facing a variety of different challenges, but he believes the best option for Booneville is to have all students on campus.

“We believe students belong in the classroom, on campus,” he said.

He noted there were very few students option for online-only education so the decision will not effect many families.

The superintendent said the masks will remain optional, not required, for students unless there is a formal mandate issued by the governor requiring them.

District leaders will continue to monitor closely all rules and information from the Mississippi State Department of Health and the CDC and will consider changes to requirements if the situation and rules from those agencies require them.

The district will continue to take every stop possible to keep students safe including using fogging machines to disinfect classrooms, busses and other areas on a regular basis and providing hand sanitizer to students.

English acknowledged many students are behind after all of the disruption they’ve faced over the past three semesters. He said the district has plans in place to work with students one on one and in small groups to help bring them up to where they need to be.

He said pausing education again just simply isn’t an option as all students deserve the opportunity to be thoroughly prepared for life after high school and to enter that world with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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