UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 1st, 2021 AT 12:00 P.M.

2021-2022 School Year


As of Monday, August 2, 2021 both of our regions have entered in-person learning.

As an organization, RePublic Schools is  committed to keeping our scholars and staff safe. To that end, we are continuing to closely monitor COVID-19. While there is  no identified COVID-19 outbreak  in our school community, we do want to provide you with guidance on how to best keep you and your family healthy.

We have developed a very thorough set of protocols to help our school administrators manage this situation should it occur, and they will be ready to respond when and if it does. How we manage these situations depends heavily on our cooperation with the respective State Health Departments in each region, and if an outbreak occurs we will take our direction from them as we do all that we can to create a safe learning environment for our scholars:

Social Distancing

Unvaccinated staff should keep their distance from others, maintaining social distancing of approximately 6 feet. In classrooms, desks are  placed 3 ft apart from center to center, in single rows of desks, with no desk shields.

Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

  • Our schools are equipped with the following throughout:
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers outside of each bathroom and classrooms
  • Hand washing stations inside of each bathroom and classroom
  • Staff and scholars are encouraged to wash their hands properly (for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water) and frequently, at minimum before and after eating and after using the bathroom. 
  • Staff and scholars are encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with tissue. Tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

Facilities Cleanings

Each school has an assigned custodial staff member during the school day. This staff member ensures the regular cleaning and sanitizing of frequented spaces including bathrooms and common areas.

Teachers and students have access to disinfecting wipes in classrooms and common spaces for use as needed.


Masks will be required to be worn at all times by both scholars and staff members, regardless of vaccination status. Scholars will be provided with disposable or reusable masks by the school.

  • Mask accommodations may be made for staff or scholars for whom mask wearing interferes with their health and they have medical documentation of the need for an accommodation. Student requests for a mask accommodation must be approved by the school Principal and Senior Director of Operations.


It is of the utmost importance to us that your scholar and your family remain safe and healthy. With that in mind, we want to share some of the resources from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding coronavirus. Below are the preventative measures the CDC recommends we all take to keep our community safe and healthy.

  • Wash hands frequently and effectively. This is the most important step we can all take to keep ourselves and our community healthy. Use soap and water and rub hands under the water for at least 20 seconds, about the length of singing “Happy Birthday” twice. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or your elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect anything you touch frequently.
  • Keep a safe distance from anyone who may be sick.
  • Adults and children should stay home when sick, and for at least 24 hours after a fever breaks. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history.
  • Get your flu shot!


The CDC recommends that all eligible students, teachers, and staff 12 years of age and older receive COVID-19 vaccination. 

Vaccination remains the primary public health prevention strategy to end transmission and allow for safe participation of in-person classes and school sponsored extracurricular activities. Schools should continue to promote COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible students, teachers, and staff. 

Advantages of having the eligible (12 years of age and older) students, teachers, and staff fully vaccinated (2 weeks after the second dose of vaccine in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine): 

  • Keep the learning environment safe for in-person learning. 
  • Lower the risk of transmission and reduce the severity of illness if infected. 
  • Limited school disruptions to in-person learning and extracurricular activities. 
  • If exposed to COVID-19, no quarantine is necessary for fully vaccinated individuals unless symptoms develop, keeping students and staff fully engaged. 


Mississippi State Department of Health

  • Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline: (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday): 877-978-6453

Mississippi State Department of Health

  • Toll-free: 1-866-HLTHY4U (866-458-4948)
  • Public Health Emergencies: (601) 576-7400

Mississippi Department of Education

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention







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