Corinth and Alcorn County students are finally getting a “snow day.”
For the sixth day of Mississippi’s historic 2021 winter storm, local school officials are using the governor’s State of Emergency declaration and the state’s department of education make-up day waiver to give families extra time to build a snowman on Friday.
“Our staff and our kids deserve this,” said Alcorn County Interim Superintendent Brandon Quinn. “They have worked so hard this week during this virtual learning time.”
Due to the unsafe traveling conditions caused by ice and snow and the extremely cold temperatures, both the city and county school districts have kept students at home this week and required distance learning to be counted present.
In the Alcorn School District, students were out for Presidents Day on Monday while staff participated in their first ever virtual professional development day. They then went virtual Tuesday through Thursday. The Corinth School District was virtual the entire week, Monday through Thursday. Both districts saw what was coming last Friday and prepared wisely. They sent home learning packets and also ensured students took home devices.
“We knew there was a good chance we would need to go virtual this week,” said Corinth School District Superintendent Lee Childress. “Being able to flip the switch on Monday is a true testament to our teachers and students.”
Childress and Quinn both agree the implementation of virtual learning last spring during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has enabled the quick transition to distance learning this week.
“Corinth has been a 1:1 (device) district for many years, but we had not attempted any virtual learning until the pandemic,” said Childress. “It is really remarkable that we are at this point. It speaks volumes for the teachers and students being able to adapt so effortlessly. I think it’s a greater part of what our future in education will look like.”
Quinn is praising his staff as well.
“Their willingness has been amazing,” he said. “We are at the point where both students and teachers are so comfortable with distance learning.”
Both districts are expected to return to regular in-person class on Monday.
“Looks like we will be met with normal spring weather when we return,” said Childress.
Quinn added that not only will classes return, but sports as well.
“We have tournament basketball games that were canceled three or four times this week – all of those have been moved to next week, and I actually think we will be able to get them in,” he said.