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


2020-21 Mississippi Teacher Council Application Available
The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 Mississippi Teacher Advisory Council (MTAC). The purpose of the MTAC is to provide feedback to the State Superintendent of Education on the initiatives of the MDE and the Mississippi State Board of Education, to empower teachers to discuss topics critical to their success in the classroom, and to identify new opportunities for the MDE to support teachers in their work. Teacher Council members meet with State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright throughout the school year. Please complete the application here.


Mississippi State Department of Health Graduation Ceremony Guidance – Updated May 18, 2020
School districts are urged to be thoughtful and careful in choosing and planning the best way to celebrate graduation and other milestones. Several options are available and can be successfully…

New CDC Guidance on Schools and Child Care Programs: Plan, Prepare, and Respond

View the School Decision Tool published May 15 on the CDC website: The purpose of the tool is to assist administrators in making (re)opening decisions regarding K-12 schools during…

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 Newssection of the EdUpdate.

The Educator Licensure Call Center will be open every Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., until further notice. You may reach a licensure team member at 601-359-3483. Due to the anticipated high volume of calls, we encourage you to continue to visit the Educator Licensure section of and before calling the office or emailing questions to the email address. Answers to most questions we receive are addressed on those webpages.

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