MDE COVID-19 Guidance to Districts as of July 14, 2020

Digital Learning Plan Update
The MDE continues to analyze recently legislation regarding the state’s Digital Learning Plan.  As soon as our analysis is concluded and next steps have been framed out, the MDE will reach out to districts with more information regarding implementation

District and School Leaders: Share Information with Employees About Paid Leave Due to COVID-19
The MDE is continuing to get questions from school district employees about paid leave due to COVID-19. Please share information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) with all employees in your districts. FFCRA applies through December 31, 2020. It provides eligible employees/educators, who are unable to work or telework, with a period of 80 hours of paid leave.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Session
The Mississippi Association of Middle Level Education (MAMLE), in a joint partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), will host a 45-minute session on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) with…

AP Training Opportunity: July 29
The MDE Office of Secondary Education is pleased to offer a one-day virtual training designed for experienced Advanced Placement Teachers to explore the Advanced Placement (AP) Course and exam description,…

Tips and training to help teachers confidently switch to online education
As you know, the pandemic has forced many teachers and students to move to online learning. And with the status of physically going back to school in the fall still…

ACTION REQUIRED: District Restart and Recovery Plans
MDE Restart & Recovery Guidance & Summary – July 2020 Greetings Superintendents: As districts continue to prepare for the upcoming school year, we know that many of you are planning…

Assessment Window Extensions
The Office of Student Assessment (OSA) has been working diligently with the Mississippi assessment vendors to determine if the MDE would be allowed to extend the testing windows for the…

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.

  • 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.
  • Visit Application Support to stay updated on licensure requests.