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May 22, 2020 11:00 am

Report Card and Registration Info Drive-through Pick-up at all schools

May 27, 2020 at 11 am - 7 pm
May 28, 2020 at 8 am - 3 pm

Please make plans to stop by your child's school to receive report cards and important information about our new online-registration process, including codes necessary for registering your child for the 2020-2021 school year. Information must be picked up by a legal parent/guardian at your child's current school. Please bring your photo ID.

Registration Info Pick-up for new students

Friday, May 29, 2020 at 8 am - 3 pm

Parents of students NEW to the Laurel School District (including 4K and 5K) may stop by the school they will attend during the 2020-2021 school year to receive the online registration information, including codes necessary for registration. For new-to-Laurel students, parents/guardians must bring student’s birth certificate, guardianship papers (if applicable), Health Compliance Form 121 (Immunization) and two proofs of residency (filed homestead exemption application, mortgage document or property deed, apartment or home lease, utility bill, driver’s license, voter precinct identification card, automobile registration, and/or affidavit.) Parents of 4K applicants will soon receive an email containing school placement information. With questions call 601-649-6391.

May 4, 2020 2:55 pm

Graduation Filming Moved Due to Rain

This is already an unprecedented season for the Laurel High School Class of 2020 due to COVID-19, and now rain is in the forecast for the filming production of individual graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 8. It is our desire to do our best to give our graduates a “Between the Bricks” ceremony as they have requested. Due to the rain, we are moving the graduation production from Friday, May 8 to Thursday, May 7, 2020. The scheduling will remain the same. Graduates, along with their two guests, will report at their assigned times, and follow all of the previously communicated information. 

May 1, 2020 2:00 pm

Exercise idea for students

Here is a fun exercise idea, shared by Counselor Monique Agee. Click link and have a little fun. It’s time to get moving, Tornadoes.

April 24, 2020 2:00 p.m.

2020 Graduation Ceremony Update

Please click here to read the full details from Dr. Eubanks.


April 9, 2020 10:30 am

All buildings and offices will close on Monday, April 13 at the conclusion of our last meal service.

To reach a staff member, email your name, contact information and message to the location you are trying to reach from the list below, and someone will be in touch soon. Thank you and stay safe.

Laurel High:

Laurel Magnet:

Oak Park:

Laurel Upper:

Laurel Education Center:


Laurel Middle:

Career Technical:

Central Office:

April 8, 2020

A message from the Laurel Middle School Counselors

The Laurel Middle School Counseling Department is committed to meeting our student’s needs during extended e-learning. Our goal is to service our students in as similar a manner as we do on a typical school day; we will just need to be adaptive and creative in doing so. To read the full letter and see a list of services click here.

April 7, 2020 2:30 pm

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

The Laurel School District school nurses would like to share the following information with parents. These can be trying times, especially with total change to routines and ways of living. For more information on helping your children cope with the changes, please visit the following link. Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

March 24, 2020 8:53am

Pre-kindergarten screeners cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 school closure, our pre-kindergarten screeners scheduled for March 26, 2020 have been cancelled. We will be in touch at a later date with updated information. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

March 24, 2020 8:40am

Laurel High School Prom Cancelled

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students: The unfortunate pandemic of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is negatively impacting the world in which we live.  In accordance with state guidance, the Laurel School District will be closed through April 17. In an effort to stay in compliance with the recommendations from our Governor, the Mississippi Department of Education, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Laurel High School 2019-2020 Prom will be cancelled. All paid funds toward this event will be refunded. Our number one priority is to keep students safe through recommendations set forth by the CDC.  The act of “social distancing” is a preventive measure that has been recommended to slow down the transfer of the virus. Although this news may seem unbearable to students, this decision will assist in preventing the transfer of an unwanted virus from student to student.

Dr. Michael J. Eubanks
LHS Principal

March 19, 2020 9:30pm

A message for our Families

With today’s news of school closure through April 17, 2020, I know you all have a lot of questions. I assure you that in time, we will have the answers. We ask for your patience with us as we work to develop a plan for moving forward. It’s going to take time, but we are committed to our Tornado family. Tomorrow we will be releasing the details of our Grab-and-Go meal service for children. And next week, we will have more details about continued learning opportunities for our students. This is something we’ve never experienced before, but we are looking forward to rising to the challenge. Please stay tuned to this page for updates.

March 19, 2020 10:38am

In accordance to state guidance, the Laurel School District will be closed until April 17, 2020. Please check back for additional information on feeding programs and more, coming soon.

March 16, 2020 10:43am

Press Release from the Mississippi High School Activities Association.

CLINTON — To protect the health and safety of our students and communities, the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) is suspending all sanctioned contests and activities due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Mississippi. This policy was put in place after a conference call with the MHSAA Executive Committee on Monday morning. The Executive Committee is made up of 15 school administrators from around the state.

Effective immediately, March 16, all MHSAA interscholastic sports and fine-arts activities competition and practice is suspended through March 29 and until further notice. This suspension applies whether or not a school is open or closed during this timeline. 

Contingency plans for continuing regular-season competition and return to play are being formulated and will be announced and implemented by the MHSAA at the appropriate time(s). Each spring fine-arts activity and sports championship event is being reviewed and actions will be taken with the possibility of new dates and venue sites. A decision to continue spring contests and activities will be made as soon as possible in the best interests of the student-athletes, coaches, administrators and communities.

“We urge our member schools and their communities to take every possible precaution to remain safe and healthy,” said MHSAA Executive Director Don Hinton. “MHSAA leadership is working diligently to adjust to this rapidly evolving situation and will share updates as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this unfortunate situation together.”

March 12, 2020 12:40pm


While we are taking extra measures to reduce the risk of spreading illness, we are also urging families to take the same precautions.

  • Keeping your child home if he/she has flu-like symptoms, which include: fever, muscle aches and chills, headache, sore throat, extreme tiredness, diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Keeping children home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
  • Washing hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is unavailable, sanitizers may be used.
  • Reminding your children to avoid touching their mouth, nose, and eyes to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces and objects such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

The Mississippi State Department of Health is answering questions that you may have at the COVID-19 hotline, 877-978-6453.
You can check with the agency during regular business hours, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. 

For kids videos on proper handwashing and germ control, see the information below.

MDE Guidance About Personal Protection and Hygiene
Basic infection control in school settings should always be promoted and maintained.

Hand hygiene - Students and staff should be encouraged to wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing and sneezing. If soap and water is unavailable, sanitizers may be used.
Kids Video:

Respiratory etiquette - MSDH and CDC recommend covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or a shirt sleeve or elbow if no tissue is available) and throwing the tissue in the trash after use, followed by hand washing.
Kids Video:

CDC Guidance on Talking With Children

COVID-19 Basics provided by Miss Department of Health

  • The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) causes a febrile respiratory syndrome, similar to influenza.
  • Many cases may have mild symptoms.
  • Severe cases may occur, leading to respiratory failure and death, especially among older adults and those with chronic medical conditions.
  • The vast majority of people infected with COVID-19 will fully recover.
  • The virus is spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets.
  • There is no antiviral treatment or vaccine currently available for COVID-19.

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