COVID-19 Pandemic Response Update

UPDATE March 23rd @ 6:22 p.m.

From Dr. Truman: We decided this morning that K-2nd grade reports cards would go home today, March 23, 2020. We will mail 3rd – 12th grade report cards on Monday, March 30, 2020.

To view an update on Quitman Upper Elementary, go HERE.

To view an update on the Clarke County Career Tech Center, go HERE.

To view an update on Quitman Junior High, go HERE.

To view an update on Quitman Lower Elementary, go HERE.

To view an update on Quitman High School, go HERE.

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UPDATE March 19th @ 2:00 p.m.

HERE you can find Governor Tate Reeves explaining that students across the state of Mississippi, including those at Quitman School District, are out of school till April 17th.

Quitman School District students or their parents/guardians are expected to respond to communication from our faculty. If you do not receive communication from at least one teacher at your school by Tuesday, March 24th, we ask that you contact the school between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Find your school’s phone number HERE.) We are creating learning experiences outside of our classrooms for our students.

We know you’ll find what Quitman Lower Elementary principal Amanda Allen describes as, “Our teachers have already been talking to parents and getting the most beneficial information, such as ‘What type of internet do you have?’ and ‘How do you want work sent home?’ Feedback has been positive, and the contact decreases anxiety. Parents don’t want their child to fall behind, and we are all comforted by the familiar. We will be assigning work on Monday. This is an opportunity for our students to practice, practice, practice, and the work is personalized so it is meaningful.”

A huge thank you goes out to our faculty, staff, and our ABM family. They are creating a synergy for students and maintaining safe work spaces for all of us.

School custodians stop to pose for a photo.

More from Dr. Holloway HERE.

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UPDATE March 19th @ 9:26 a.m.

All Quitman School District schools will be closed to students through Friday, March 27th.

Lunch will begin being served on Thursday, March 19th for all children ages 0 – 18 years of age. There will be curbside, pick-up, and go service at 5 locations.

Those locations are as follows:

Quitman High School Cafeteria 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(This will be drive-up pick up only. Cars need to stop in a line under the awning at the High School gym. Enter from the street between the Lower and High School. Exit out toward the old office.)

Bus #1 Quail Run Apartments 10:30 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
McKenzie Apartments 11:15 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Piggly Wiggly 11:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Bus #2 Desoto Fire Department 10:30 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
Shubuta Fire Department 11:15 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Shubuta Apartments 11:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Bus #3 East Quitman Fire Department 10:30 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
Carmichael Fire Department 11:15 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Theadville Fire Department 11:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Bus #4 Harmony Baptist Church 10:30 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
Pachuta Library 11:15 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Beaverdam Fire Department 11:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A child must be present to receive their free lunch. Do not congregate in the delivery areas. No more than 10 people can be in a receiving line at one time. Please remember the 6’ separation rule when you are standing in line with others.

A survey was sent out this morning through our AIM notification system. The survey asked if you will require a meal for a child in your household. This is so we can get an idea of how many meals we will need to make. We will be serving on a first come, first served basis and adjust our meal quantities to fill the needs of our community’s children.

School phone lines will begin being answered on Thursday, March 19th from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Schools and teachers will begin sending out packets and/or homework via email or Google Classroom on Monday, March 23rd.

Your patience and understanding are fantastic at this time. Panthers are obviously experts at synergizing!

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UPDATE March 14th @ 2:21 p.m.

Quitman School District will be following Governor Tate Reeves’ recommendation to ensure maximum student and staff safety. The district will extend Spring Break, and all schools will be closed March 16th – March 20th.

We will continue to monitor updates from the Mississippi State Department of Health, Mississippi Department of Education, and the governor to provide information to the community as events unfold. The district will use the AIM call notification system, social media, and this webpage to keep you informed.

All district employees will need to periodically check their email and this website for any further instructions. Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding.

 

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March 13, @ 2:00 p.m.

Dear Panther Nation,

The Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, and we at Quitman School District are maintaining close communication with the Clarke County Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi Department of Health, Mississippi Department of Education, United States Department of Education and the United States Government.

Students, teachers, and teacher assistants will not return to school on Monday, March 16th. Principals, assistant principals, directors, counselors, clerical staff, and hourly employees will report to school.

We will notify everyone by noon on Monday with information on whether or not the students and faculty will be returning to school on Tuesday, March 17th.

We will be reviewing such items as lunchtimes, attendance policy, and other school related issues. We are developing a plan to keep our students and staff safe during this crisis. If your child is sick, we urge you to keep him or her home from school. On Monday, March 16th we will release some procedural changes we will implement to prevent the spread of the virus.

We will be consulting with MHSAA regarding the best way to handle athletic events. There may be limited ticket purchases at some of our events. Schools will also be reconsidering field trips and other venues where there will be large gatherings of students.

We are being proactive and urging you to do the same. Our students and community’s continued safety is our #1 priority. We want to look out for each other. We will be updating you through this webpage as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages. Students’ parents, guardians and school employees will be notified through our AIM Notification system.

Stay informed and calm, consider your own and the health of others, and continue to follow the guidelines listed by the Center for Disease Control as well as your family practitioner.

 

Sincerely,
Toriano Holloway, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Education
Quitman School District

 

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