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Governor Tate Reeves Signs Executive Order Closing Schools for Academic Year

By: Sarah Ulmer - April 23, 2020

Governor Tate Reeves

Yesterday, Governor Tate Reeves signed a new executive order implementing school closures for the rest of the academic year to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Reeves announced his decision to close schools at a press briefing last week.

“One month ago, I said that closing our schools was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my 17 years of serving the public. That still holds true today. Our teachers, students, school staff, and parents have risen to the challenge in the past few weeks in the most inspiring ways. You have my utmost respect and admiration for how you have adapted during this difficult time. I know that Mississippi will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure our students’ education and bright futures,” said Governor Tate Reeves.

Providing educators flexibility in teaching and testing requirements, the Executive Order recognizes the need to address the disruptions in students’ education caused by the closure of schools due to COVID-19 and prepare for the upcoming school year. Looking towards the upcoming academic year, the Executive Order instructs each school district to submit their plans for measures needed to address the disruption this spring and prepare for the 2020-2021 academic school year. The school districts must submit their plans for approval to the Mississippi State Board of Education by June 1, 2020.

Each school district will continue to operate with their essential faculty and staff, either working from home or at their school facility following CDC health guidelines, to ensure all essential education functions are performed and students’ learning is not interrupted.

You can view Executive Order No. 1476 here.

Press Release


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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state.
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