Gulfport School District Superintendent speaks on school closure

School leaders are sharing their reactions following Governor Tate Reeves’ decision to close school buildings for the rest of the semester and school year.

While students will not be returning to classrooms, the Gulfport School District will continue to serve students via Google Classroom Learning and the District’s Food Service program.

Gulfport School District Superintendent Glen East tells New 25 they’re reviewing multiple options for graduation at Gulfport High to give the seniors a proper send-off.

East believes the decision to close campuses is ultimately the correct one for the wellness of students and staff. “Knowing that we really don’t have a total handle on the pandemic at this point, it allows us to plan for the future or really extend the plan we already have in place and helps us do a little better planning as we go forward.”

Circumstances permitting, the school district is planning to hold summer camps for children and looking at ways to help students get back on track academically at the start of the next school year.

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