Covington Co. School Board votes to delay school start

Covington Co. School Board votes to delay school start

COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - The Covington County School Board has voted to push back the start of the school year to Aug. 31.

That will be a rolling start with half of the grade levels going back to the classroom Monday and Wednesday and the other half starting back Tuesday and Thursday during the week of Aug. 31.

Teachers will start Aug. 20.

This is a three-week delay from the original plan for both teachers and students.

Covington County school superintendent Babette Duty had initially requested a two-week delay.

She said she needed more time to make sure that all coronavirus safeguards were in place and ready for students and teachers.

She also said the governor’s additional COVID-19 restrictions for Covington County played a role in her decision to request a delay in the start date.

Duty says September 8 is the tentative date for all grades to be back in school.

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