Prentiss County School District is filling several positions as they prepare for a more normal school year in August.

Superintendent Jeff Palmer said the district is looking forward to returning to a traditional schedule for the 2021-22 school year after two consecutive school years disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students in the district will return to class for their first day on Wednesday, August 4.

“We’re going to go back to a normal five-day-a-week schedule,” said Palmer.

Students can expect to see a traditional schedule without any built-in, designated at-home learning days.

Palmer said masks will be optional, but not required, for students. He said students are welcome to wear them but there will be no mandate from the district.

“We’re trying hard to get back to normal,” he said.

District leaders are continuing to stay up to date on the latest recommendations from the CDC, the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi Department of Education and will follow all guidelines for safety and sanitation.

Palmer said they expect to continue to require social distancing in accordance with the latest requirements. They will also continue to deep clean all surfaces, rooms and buildings using the antiviral fogger systems purchased last year.

“We’re ready to get back to school, but we’re also focused on keeping students safe,” he said.

The school board met last Thursday to approve several hirings ahead of the start of the new year. The board approved:

Shane Murphree as head basketball coach at Thrasher.

Josh Whitaker as softball coach and assistant basketball and football coach at Thrasher.

Scott Wiginton as assistant principal at New Site

Sarah Ann Michael as a teacher at Marietta

Luke Goff as baseball coach at New Site.

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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