What’s Happening? We’re Planning, Getting Ready, and Informing You About COVID-19 Testing
First, let me begin by thanking you for being a part of the Quitman School District family. We are proud to serve you and this community and are looking forward to the return of our students. We appreciate you taking time out to complete all of the surveys we have been conducting. This is your school district and we wanted to include your concerns/expectations as we begin the planning process to return.
The member school districts of the East Mississippi Center for Educational Development have been working collaboratively with each other, local health officials, the Mississippi Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control to plan for the safe opening of schools this fall. The first priority for all schools will be the safety of students and staff. Schools have been actively planning for that since closure began. Second to the health and safety of students and staff, schools have been focused on preparing to maintain the academic rigor that is necessary to prepare our students for a bright future. We plan to finalize and release plans for the return to school this fall on July 6th.
We hope you will be flexible and expect changes this school year. Because of COVID-19, school will not look like it did before we released students for Spring Break in March. We will educate our students in the safest environment possible and constantly communicate with you, all information you need to know as we get back to educating our children.
Dr. Toriano Holloway
July 1st–Online Registration Begins
July 13th–Building Registration Appointments Begin (Parents who have children in 2 or more schools, will be able to register all their children at one school.)
You’ll need the following:
Original Birth Certificate – Original MS
Immunization Record from Health Department (new students only or 7th graders)
Student’s Social Security Card
Three Emergency Phone Numbers
Two recent proofs of residency
(Only those that have a new address from last year and new students have to provide the proofs of residency. Those whose address has not changed will sign a form stating that their address is the same as last year.)
Residents of Clarke County and surrounding communities can be tested for COVID-19 as the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi State Department of Health continue efforts to stem virus transmission by setting up one-day, drive-through collection sites. Anyone can be tested who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat; or who has a known or potential exposure to someone confirmed with the virus. Mississippians who want to be tested must first complete a free screening from a UMMC clinician through an online questionnaire found at umc.edu/covidscreening. Or, they can call the UMMC Center for Telehealth at (601) 496-7200 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Anyone determined to need testing will be given an appointment time. Testing will be held at Greenhill Missionary Baptist Church at 1240 MS 510 in Shubuta on Monday, June 29th.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi National Guard are partnering with UMMC and MSDH to coordinate mobile testing sites. During drive-through testing, health care professionals will collect specimen samples via a nose swab. Those being tested will not exit their vehicle.
For more information about testing, click HERE.
This is a message from Clarke County EMA Director Eddie Ivy.