COVID-19

Action plan infographicThank you for being a part of Panther Nation! The district’s administrative team has been hard at work researching other district and state reopening plans and gathering input from our parents and teachers to develop our own return to school plan. We have tried to address our community’s needs while providing a safe, educational environment for our students’ return on August 6th.
Our plan can change as new circumstances arise. Although transportation will be provided, we encourage you to bring your students to school if possible. For those of you who choose to keep your children at home, you will need to contact your child’s school to let them know.

During the first month of school we will be having Virtual Fridays on August 14th, 21st and 28th so that our students practice online learning. Going forward our students will attend 5 days a week unless their parents choose Distance Learning.

As we explore this unchartered territory together with your cooperation and continued support, we are confident that our students can and will have a successful year.

HERE is the Quitman School District 2020-2021 Reopening Plan, and HERE is our Distance Learning Plan.

We know you have questions, and we have scheduled two virtual town hall meetings to help answer those. Tuesday, July 14th will feature QLE Principal Amanda Allen and QUE Principal Leah Ivey in a YouTube Live question and answer session starting at 6:00 p.m. QJH Principal Bill Russell and QHS Principal Tommy Molden will be taking questions through the district’s YouTube  page on Thursday, July 16th at 6:00 p.m.

Sincerely,
Toriano Holloway

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Dr. Dace holds up the list allowable LEA Activities.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. It provided over $2 trillion in economic relief for American workers and their families, small businesses, as well as state, local and tribal governments, and it was aimed at preserving jobs. Also, it contained $30.75 billion in the Education Stabilization Fund for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund resulting in the United States Department of Education awarding the state of Mississippi $13.5 million in emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had and continues to have on all elementary and secondary schools.

Quitman School District Federal Programs director Dr. Minnie Dace explains, “Of the $13.5 million that went to elementary and secondary schools in the state of Mississippi, each school district will get about 75% of what their FY20 Title I funds are. For our school district that means we will receive about $685,000 to be used for pandemic relief.”

What Dr. Dace and administrators across the state have been studying are those activities allowable under the ESSER funding. They are as follows:

*Any activity under ESEA, IDEA, the Adult Education and Famiy Literacy Act, Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, or McKinney-Vento Homeless  Assistance Act

*Coordination of preparedness and response efforts of the LEA with State, local, tribal and territorial public health departments, and other relevant agencies to improve responses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

*Provide principals and school leaders with resources to address the needs of the school.

*Activities to address the unique needs of low-income students, children with disabilities, ELs, racial and ethnic minorities, homeless students, foster care youth (including outreach and service delivery)

*Develop and implement procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of LEAs

*Training and PD for staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases

*Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities

*Planning for and coordinating long-term closures, including providing meals, technology for online learning to all students, carrying out requirements under IDEA, and ensuring other educational services can continue

*Purchasing of educational technology (hardware, software, connectivity) that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and classroom instructors including low-income  students and students with disabilities

*Providing mental health services and supports

*Planning and implementing summer learning and supplemental afterschool programs (addressing needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, ELS, Migrants, Homeless students and Foster Care students)

*Other activities necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services and continuing to employ existing staff

Dace and her peers have been focused on how they can best use the funding for the students of Quitman School District. She says with confidence, “We will be using these one-time funds on technology and connectivity. First, we will finish a complete one-to-one (student to computer ratio) with Google Chromebooks. Second, we will look at connectivity and purchase some MiFi hotspots for students. In case one or more of the schools are required to close due to a COVID-19 breakout, students will be able to access the internet through a MiFi or from a router on one of our buses parked at a volunteer fire department in Clarke County or some area within/close to their community. We want to make sure a child who lives out in Theadville or Beaver Dam doesn’t have to come to town to get their homework done. The money will also help us purchase a three to five year subscription of educational software so our high school students can work on all of their major subjects and some electives from home. All districts receiving CARES funds must offer summer remediation or enrichment. We’ll use some of the ESSER funds to pay for a portion of summer school during the last three weeks of July. The application deadline is July 10th. We’ve been preparing this information for the past couple of months and have finally narrowed it down within the last couple of weeks.”

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This is a thank you graphic.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.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Toriano Holloway

 

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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.)

 

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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.

 

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Registration for all Quitman School District schools will begin online on July 1st. You will receive notification here, through our Facebook and twitter pages and via our AIM notification systems. If your child still lives at the same address, the online registration process will be as simple as it has been in the previous years. You will only need proof of residence if your child has moved. On July 13th our schools will begin making appointments for those families unable to register online, but next week before any registration begins, you will receive a VERY important phone call from your child’s school.

We want and need your input for the 2020 – 2021 school year. We want you to be involved in the planning of your child’s education. Our staff and faculty will have a few questions for you because what you have to say is VERY important.

QSD principals and directors plan for the upcoming year.

Your district and schools’ leaders are listening, discussing, training, studying and accessing affordable and sustainable methods of teaching students while providing the safest environment possible for their students, faculty and staff and community.

QSD principals and directors consult with other schools about the upcoming year.

“We appreciate your patience as we have gotten a time out to get back to what we need to do. Everyone can do better. We are responsible for changing kids and changing lives. What is best for our kids? That is our focus,” says QSD superintendent Dr. Toriano Holloway.

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What will learning look like during the 2020 – 2021 school year? So much of that is based on the answers you give the caller next week.

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Starting Tuesday, June 2nd the Quitman School District central office located at 104 East Franklin will be open from 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Have a question? Stop by or call (601) 776-2186.

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**MESSAGE FROM EMA DIRECTOR EDDIE IVY**

 

Community Masks will be distributed at the following locations in Clarke County:

 

Town of Enterprise will distribute masks door to door in the Town limits.

Town Hall in Pachuta from 7:00 am and 12:00 Noon Monday, Wednesday or Friday

City of Quitman will be available at the Fire Station Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00

Town Hall in Shubuta from 8:30 – 4:00 daily

Town Hall in Stonewall 8:00 – 4:00 daily (closed from 12-1)

 

Masks will be available Thursday May 21 from 4:00 until 7:00 pm at the following fire stations:Beaverdam, Clarkdale, Desoto, East Quitman, Enterprise, Harmony, Hopewell, Pachuta, Quitman, Rolling Creek, Snell and Theadville.

 

Masks will be available at Carmichael Fire Station Sunday May 24 from 1:00 to 4:00.

 

Some churches already received masks for distribution.  Please contact your church to see if masks are available there.

 

When you go to the fire station, please remain in your car and someone will bring your mask to you.  Each person will be able to pick up 1 mask.

Masks are available during the times listed until supplies run out.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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MDE Seeks Public Input on Prioritizing Federal Funds for School Restart and Recovery

Mrs. Irby hands out end of the year packages to her students.

 JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is seeking public input to help the state prioritize the use of funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides one-time relief funds to respond to the impact of school closures due to COVID-19 and to assist schools with their restart and recovery plans.

 

There are many layers of considerations that go into how and when school buildings will reopen. The MDE is working to create guidance for local districts on the following topics:

  • Summer transition
  • Instructional materials
  • Diagnostic assessments
  • Support to at-risk students and other vulnerable populations
  • Building cleaning and infrastructure
  • School meals, wraparound supports, conditions for learning
  • Communication and family engagement

The MDE is collecting public input through the MDE CARES Act Public Survey through June 1, 2020.

This is a photo of bags Mrs. Mercer created to give to her students.

The survey questions will help the state prioritize the use of federal CARES Act funds. The MDE will prioritize local needs as well as potential investments and supports that could be offered to local school districts. That includes gaining insight and input from all stakeholders to draft a strong plan for restart and recovery initiatives. The MDE’s goal is to help schools and districts continue instruction and critical services that all students deserve.

 

“I ask everyone invested in our schools to participate in the feedback process and let us know what your priorities are and what challenges you foresee,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “Given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t predict what the next few months will bring, but we are committed to doing what’s best for our students, teachers and school staff. Above all, student and staff health and safety will continue to be our number one priority, and our agency will rely on health experts to inform any decision that is made.”

 

Click HERE for the MDE CARES Act Public Survey.

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It was Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann’s new COVID-19 Education Initiative which prompted at least two Quitman School District students to write an essay on how the COVID-19 crisis is changing their community.

Hosemann is sharing the success of his office’s initiative through social media. QJH eighth-grader Madelyn has been featured with a pull quote and the publication of her essay.

This is facebook update from Delbert Hosemann's office.

Many thanks go out to both Ava and Madelyn for submitting on behalf of our community.

Madelyn's essay on how COVID-19 has affected her community.

What surely hasn’t changed is how proud we are to have our students represent us throughout the state and the world.

Thank you, Madelyn! Thank you, Ava! Thank you, students!

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Quitman School District is serving all children ages 0 – 18 in a drive-up, stop and go system from the QHS cafeteria.

Homework packets have been sent out to students.

All offices will be open for phone calls on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the phone numbers below:

Central Office: (601) 776-2186
Quitman Lower Elementary: (601) 776-6156
Quitman Upper Elementary: (601) 776-6123
Quitman Junior High: (601) 776-6243
Quitman High School: (601) 776-3341

 

Any Quitman School District student with technology and/or accessibility issues should contact their school.

The District has opened up Wi-Fi access in all schools and the District Office so that all of our students can have access to the Internet.

The SSID of the network is QSD_Guest

1. Users will need to open up their Wi-Fi settings app and select the “QSD_Guest” network to connect to.
2. There is no password enforcement but traffic will still be filtered and monitored. Please use this network for student educational purposes only.
3. Vehicles will need to park within close proximity of the school building to acquire a useful signal. Please use the available parking spaces provided

Huge thank you goes out to our technology director for helping to ensure internet availability to all of our students.

Your school nurse will provide weekly updates HERE.

HERE is a message from your district’s superintendent.

HERE is a message from your district’s leaders and coaches.

Maintain a connection to your education with study and communication with your teachers.

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April 14, 2020

 

Good afternoon,

I hope you and your family are doing well. This has been a tough time, and I hope you have been taking care of yourselves and your family.  It’s times like these that help remind us what is important!

As you have probably heard by now the Governor has closed school buildings for the rest of the semester. He did emphasize that he is only closing buildings and that educating our children is still a priority. I want to thank you for the work you’ve done so far and what you will do to continue through the rest of the semester.  We have made lots of progress, and I am confident that even in these tough times you will continue to take care of our students.  We will be checking on our kids weekly.  CONNECTION is greater than CORONA! Our teachers are a big part of their students’ lives, and I know it would put a smile on their faces to hear from their teachers.

The principals will continue to work with you and update you throughout the rest of the semester. If there is anything we can do for you, do not hesitate to reach out. Take care  and again thank you!

For the kids,

Toriano Holloway, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Quitman School District
104 East Franklin St.
Quitman, MS 39355
601-776-2186 (Office)
601-776-1051 (Fax)
Expect More…Do More…Be More…No Excuses!

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The Quitman School District School Board meeting scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, will be available for public viewing through a zoom meeting via a live feed on our YouTube channel here. Any questions about accessibility can be directed to the district’s central office at (601) 776-2186. Following is a copy of the meeting’s agenda:

This is a screenshot of the school board meeting agenda for April 14, 2020.

This is a screenshot of the school board agenda for the April 14th meeting.

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This is a screenshot of the week's lunch menu.

Starting Monday, April 6th we will only be using the QHS cafeteria as the meal pick-up area. Our buses will no longer be delivering to any of our remote locations. Meal pick-up will be Monday through Wednesday each week.

QLE teacher Mrs. Fleming illustrates the importance of sight words.

See Mrs. Fleming’s lesson on the why and how of sight words HERE.

Our offices will now be closed to the public, but administrators and clerical staff will be by the phone to answer your calls Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.

Mrs. Hampton and Mrs. Myrick provide a virtual P.E. lesson for students.

Check out this week’s P.E. assignment from Mrs. Hampton. Click HERE.

Tomorrow, Thursday, April 2nd, we will still be delivering lunch like we did today! Come to one of our 32 locations and get your spaghetti with meat sauce, broccoli with cheese, garlic bread, fruit juice, and milk!

QHS nutrition staff work to fill the buses with lunches for kids.

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This is a screenshot of the week's lunch menu.

Throughout the Quitman School District community Panthers are breaking through by learning, communicating with their teachers, completing their work, staying healthy, eating well, practicing the 7 Habits, and considering others. This week those who come here can expect more of the same as well as a Senior Spotlight, another video from Mrs. Hampton, and great meals served by your favorite coaches.

A QHS senior poses with her family.

Photograph from months ago compliments of QHS senior Brianna Ross

Panthers are sharing resources through community outreach.

Homework packets have been sent out to students.

A QHS lunch lady prepares the coolers for the community outreach lunch program.

Mrs. Martin gets help with her work at home.

Panthers are focusing on learning.

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The District has opened up Wi-Fi access in all schools and the District Office so that all of our students can have access to the Internet.

The SSID of the network is QSD_Guest

1. Users will need to open up their Wi-Fi settings app and select the “QSD_Guest” network to connect to.
2. There is no password enforcement but traffic will still be filtered and monitored. Please use this network for student educational purposes only.
3. Vehicles will need to park within close proximity of the school building to acquire a useful signal. Please use the available parking spaces provided

Huge thank you goes out to our technology director for helping to ensure internet availability to all of our students.

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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.

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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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