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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.

Sincerely,
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

PARENTS: 

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJG72sycQB8

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: https://youtu.be/mQINuSTP1jI

CDC Guidance on Talking With Children
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

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.

Contact Information

Central Office: 601-649-6391
Laurel High: 601-649-4145
LHS CTC: 601-649-4144
Laurel Middle: 601-428-5312
Laurel Upper: 601-428-1880
Laurel Education Center: 601-649-5195
Laurel Magnet: 601-428-7782
Mason Elementary: 601-428-0393
Oak Park Elementary: 601-428-5046

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Additional resources

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