Education

Southern Miss students adjust to virtual classes following campus close

By LAUREL THRAILKILL,

On March 12, Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett sent out a message providing updates about how COVID-19 will affect Southern Miss operations.

According to the message, spring break has been extended until March 27. Classes will resume March 30 in an online or remote delivery format for the rest of the semester.


Local schools begin at-home learning and feeding plans for current closure

By HASKEL BURNS,

With Gov. Tate Reeves’ recent order to close all public schools throughout Mississippi until April 17 to limit any chance of exposure to the coronavirus, local school officials have put together plans to ensure students still receive vital services, including online at-home learning and meal plans.




School officials: No closures, mass athletic event cancellations planned

By JOSHUA WILSON,

Local school districts are not planning closures or mass cancellations of athletic events at this time.

According to the Mississippi Department of Education, schools are required to consult state health officials – along with the county health department – to determine when it is appropriate to close a school.







USM officials upset $5M payment from embattled welfare group didn’t live up to its promises

By JOSHUA WILSON,

University of Southern Mississippi officials are “disappointed” that a sublease agreement with the Mississippi Community Education Center – one that resulted in a $5 million payment to the university’s athletic foundation and the construction of a new volleyball facility – did not live up to its promises.





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