Greenville Public Schools Extend Spring Break in Response to Coronavirus Concerns
GREENVILLE-- On Saturday, March 14, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency and recommended state-wide school closings. Accordingly, Greenville Public School District has extended its Spring Break through Friday, March 20, 2020. All schools and District offices will remain closed with the exception of specific employees. Athletic and extracurricular events and practices have been canceled during this extended closure. District leaders will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation, coordinating with state and local officials (to include any time that might need to be made up and to address issues related to accountability), and will revise our plans as necessary. Parents and guardians are urged to make contingency plans for their children while the District is closed for this extended period of time. Meanwhile, please visit the GPSD website for resources to support learning at home and meal distributions.
Please Note: The Board of Trustees met on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 4 p.m. to discuss school closures and other business matters. The Board members elected to close all schools through March 20, 2020 accordingly to help ensure preventative measures are in place so that the Coronavirus doesn’t spread in our school district. Other business included the approval of additional administrative days to ensure that all district employees are paid during the extended period of school closure.
All school-related, non-essential large gatherings have been suspended until further notice.
We will keep parents, students, staff, and stakeholders abreast via our various methods of communication including print media, broadcast, social media, radio, and multi-media. Additionally, when GPSD resumes operations, we will implement the precautionary measures recommended by the Mississippi State Health Department (MSHD) at all schools and building sites. This includes reducing large lunch gatherings and suspending school-wide assemblies, field trips and all other similar activities. Guidance from the Mississippi High School Activities Association determined the cancellation of all athletic events and extracurricular activities, practices, and competitions through March 29, 2020.
Our GPSD Facilities Team will continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect our school buildings and offices. They will also monitor and refill our supply of liquid soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfectants. Our Transportation team will clean seats and other high traffic areas inside our buses daily.
Above all, the safety and health of our scholars and staff is our top priority. Below are some helpful tips our parents should follow to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available.
- Keep your child home if they are sick and/or have a fever. Their absence will be excused with a doctor’s note or a note from the parent.
- Encourage your child to maintain good hygiene by washing their hands with soap and water and covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing.
- Remind them to avoid touching their eyes, mouth and nose.
- Clean surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.
- Keep backpacks clean. School backpacks can carry germs so you should clean out your child’s backpack regularly. Consider using a wet cloth or wipe.
While this remains an evolving and very fluid public health concern, we will continue to monitor the latest developments and collaborate with the Mississippi Department of Education, the Mississippi State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the City of Greenville as we respond to the health and safety concerns associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Thank you for your understanding as we seek to protect the safety and well-being of our scholars, staff, and visitors to our campuses.
For more information, please refer to MSDH’s website at https://msdh.ms.gov/. On Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/GreenvillePublicSchoolDistirct/ ; and Twitter https://twitter.com/gpsd_district and connect with us.
Everett Chinn Public Relations (662) 334-7013