On behalf of the Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA), I would like to thank you for your patience as we have taken time to consider appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our employees and students in light of the ever changing events in our nation. We have been in communication with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), and health care professionals to learn as much as possible about impact of the Coronavirus.
The MSA students will not move back into the residence halls Sunday. Instead, classes will continue Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 via distance learning on Moodle. Our faculty have been working this week to prepare to accommodate individual students as needed. Teachers will send information to students on by email and through Moodle regarding expectations for the week and assignments.
We conducted a survey of student access. We are working on finalizing that list today. We will work every student to insure they can get credit for their work.
Our intent is for students to return to campus Sunday, March 29 to continue classes in person the following day. We used this week to continue sanitizing common areas to ensure a clean and safe living/learning environment. Please use this week to stay at home and refrain from unnecessary travel or gatherings.
Employees or students who feel they need to be self-quarantined based on guidance from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html should remain at home for a total of 14 days from last exposure. We will continue to monitor events and consult with health professionals and MDE. If the Government issues further directives, we will adjust our plan accordingly.