MDE COVID-19 Guidance to Districts as of June 18, 2020

Note: The MDE COVID-19 Guidance email will now be distributed on Mondays and Wednesdays.  

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Program (P-EBT) 
Recently Mississippi was approved to participate in the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Program (P-EBT). This program provides benefits to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and non-SNAP households for children who have… 

 Report: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education
The Mississippi Department of Education is proud to have co-authored and endorsed a recent set of recommendation from Aspen Education regarding culturally and linguistically… 

 New Resource: Special Education and Distance Learning
When the nation’s seven million students with disabilities, their families and their schools transitioned to distance learning, parents became deeply concerned about the educational progress of their children, and advocates were… 

 SREB Virtual and Blended Instruction Workshop
Online and Blended Instruction Workshop Join us for a new national professional development workshop — Engaging Students in a Blended Instructional World — that helps educators like you adapt your… 

 Promote Summer Reading with Strong Readers Website 
Please help promote summer reading by sharing the message below on social media or through your district’s other communication channels. 

 Families: Looking for summer reading books for you child? Check out MDE’s Strong Readers website, which includes a book finder, literacy games for K-5 students, and a link to the free, Mississippi Distance Learning Library: 

 MDE Call Center Alert 
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 Alert 
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

Do You Have Questions for MDE?  
Please check the MDE COVID-19 Information webpage before emailing your questions to MDE staff. The answers to most of the questions we receive are addressed on the webpage. We also regularly add guidance, answers to new questions and links to our daily update email on this webpage. Daily updates are posted in the Administrator News section of the EdUpdate

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