Parent and Student Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Meridian Public School District (MPSD) is actively monitoring all matters related to COVID-19 and is committed to keeping families informed. Below is a set of important updates and answers to frequently asked questions we have received. You can find additional facts and helpful resources at www.mpsdk12.net/coronavirus. 

  • 1. How long will District schools be closed as a result of the recent development of the COVID19?

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    Update- March 19, 2020: In accordance with state guidance from Governor Tate Reeves, Meridian Public School District will be closed until April 17, 2020. Please stay tuned for additional information about how MPSD will offer remote and home school resources.

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  • 2. During this closure, will extracurricular activities be canceled?

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    Yes, all extracurricular activities, including sports practices, games, performances and parent meetings will be canceled while schools are closed.

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  • 3. Can any type of student/staff groups or clubs gather on campus during the school closure window?

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    No, schools are closed during this period, and all school-based activities are canceled. 

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  • 4. Are field trips, in or out of the county, canceled during the school closure period?

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    Yes, all field trips are canceled during this period.

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  • 5. Will there be learning opportunities available while students are out of classes?

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    Yes, our Curriculum and Instruction team has developed a plan to provide grade-specific instructional packets for all students while schools are closed. These plans may be accessed at www.mpsdk12.net/onlinelearning.

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  • 6. Will MPSD make arrangements for students to obtain meals during this closure?

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    Yes, see the details below.

    Meridian Public School District in partnership with The Boys and Girls Club will begin offering lunch meals beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until further notice.

    What’s included?
    A daily sack lunch includes the combination of a Meat/meat alternate, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and milk. Beginning 3/30/20120, a grain item, fruit, and milk will also be included as breakfast items.

    Who is eligible to receive meals?
    Meals are provided for any child 18 years and younger at no cost to them. Children must be present to receive meals.

    Where can I go to receive a meal?
    A “Grab & Go” meal can be picked up between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the following locations:

    Boys and Girls Club 1717 45 th Avenue, Meridian, MS
    Boys and Girls Club Velma Young Park, 1530 24th Street, Meridian, MS

    Meals are also being delivered to most Housing Authority Sites within the City of Meridian.

    How should meals be stored?
    Meals should be consumed upon receiving them. Any leftover food should be refrigerated immediately and discarded after 48-72 hours.  

    *Team members preparing meals follow all required safe food handling guidelines. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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  • 7. Will these days have to be made up at the end of the school year?

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    No. MPSD is exempt from making up days missed due to the State of Emergency being declared by Governor Tate Reeves and President Donald Trump.

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  • 8. Will there be end of year state testing?

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    Update- March 19, 2020

    Per Governor Tate Reeves and the Mississippi State Board of Education, all requirements for state accountability have been waived for the remainder of the school year.

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    Mississippi State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright has recommended to the State Board of Education that state and federal assessment and accountability requirements be suspended for the 2019-20 school year. The MDE will seek the maximum authority and waivers afforded by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and other federal agencies.  

    State and federal assessments included in this recommendation include:  

      • Pre-K and Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (post-test) 
      • Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) and MAAP-Alternate English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science - Grades 3-8 and High School 
      • U.S. History 
      • ACT for 11th graders 
      • English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) 

    In addition, if schools statewide need to close for an extended period of time, Dr. Wright will recommend that the SBE waive applicable policies regarding attendance, promotion, and graduation.  

     

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