Montgomery and Carroll schools were not included in those mandated by Governor Tate Reeves to delay the start of school at least until August 17 for grades seventh through 12. However, he did order a statewide mask mandate, which includes all students and staff in Mississippi’s schools as well as public gatherings and retail establishments.
According to Reeves, eight counties have been ordered to delay the start of school for junior high and high school students – Bolivar, Coahoma, Forrest, George, Hinds, Panola, Sunflower, and Washington. Reeves said these counties are particular hot spots for the spread of COVID-19 at this time.
“For this standard, we are mandating a delay in counties with more than 200 cases and 500 per 100,000 in the last two weeks," Reeves said. "We need to pump the brakes in hardest-hit areas. The counties that meet those criteria are Bolivar, Coahoma, Forrest, George, Hinds, Panola, Sunflower, and Washington."