MDE COVID-19 Guidance to Districts as of June 29, 2020

CARES Act Waiver Public Notice
The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is seeking public comment on waivers submitted and approved by the United States Department for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Waivers…

USDA Waivers for 2020-21 School Year
USDA has announced several highly anticipated waivers that will assist in implementing Child Nutrition Programs for SY-2020-2021. Critical for Hybrid models, Distance Learning, and social distancing, waivers for non-congregate meals…

SREB Ready for High School and Essentials for College Course Trainings
In conjunction with the Southern Region Educational Board (SREB), the Mississippi Department of Education will be hosting the Grade 8/9 SREB Ready for High School and Grade 12 SREB Ready…

Districts and Schools: Add Strong Readers Logo and Link to Your Website
Districts and schools are encouraged to add the Strong Readers logo and website link,, to their home pages to help families access this useful resource. Download a high-resolution logo from the MDE logos page. The Strong Readers website…






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.