MDE COVID-19 Guidance to Districts as of July 1, 2020

New CDC Guidance on COVID-19 Testing for K-12 Schools & Higher Education Institutions
State Education & Health Officials, Today, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) published new guidance for K-12 schools and higher education institutions. Below you will find additional information….

ED Student-centered Technology Opportunity
The United States Department of Education (ED) has announced a challenge to advance high-quality technology instruction in rural communities. The Rural Tech Project, with a total cash prize pool of…

REL Webinar: Reopening Schools Safely: New Evidence on Mitigating COVID-19 Spread
Join REL Mid-Atlantic for a webinar that will discuss considerations for reopening schools safely. This webinar will share lessons learned from a rapid-turnaround study in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department…

ERS Resources for Finance Leaders from the Broad Academy
I wanted to share with you some new resources in ERS’s toolkit on COVID-19 response to support your organization’s planning work for this fall: COVID Comeback School Models: Six school…

Hand Sanitizer for Schools from Cathead Distillery
We at Cathead Distillery have been making hand sanitizer since the beginning of the pandemic and have been humbled by the opportunity to provide a product that Mississippians need. We…

MDE to Host Virtual Alternate Route Fairs for Aspiring Teachers
The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will hold three Virtual Alternate Route Fairs in July to help aspiring teachers identify the alternate route teacher preparation program that is right for…

MDE Call Center
The MDE call center is open Monday through Friday, 8 5 p.m. To reach an MDE staff member, please call 601-359-3513.

 Educator Licensure Call Center
The Educator Licensure Call Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. You may reach a licensure team member at 601-359-3483.

Due to the anticipated high volume of calls, please visit and the Educator Licensure section of before calling the office or emailing questions to the email address. Answers to most questions we receive are addressed on those webpages. A tool you can use to stay updated on your licensure request is the Application Support landing page:

Announcements from all previous email updates are posted in the Administrator News section of the EdUpdate.