COVID-19 UPDATES

Information regarding the operations of the Columbia School District will be forthcoming. This situation remains fluid, and we ask for your patience as we work to respond to the ever-changing events. Please remember that all official notifications regarding school closure will come from the Office of the Superintendent.   

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Practice these Preventative Measures:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.​

  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.

  • Stay home if you are sick.

  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Practice social distancing, which the CDC defines as remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.

Event Changes & Closures

Effective March 19, all public schools in the State of Mississippi will be closed through April 17, 2020.

MHSAA Update March 20:

In concurrence with Gov. Tate Reeves’ decision to close all public schools in Mississippi due to the Coronavirus, the Mississippi High School Activities Association on Friday extended its suspension of all competition and practice in athletic and fine arts activities until April 17.

 

The MHSAA Executive Committee confirmed its decision one day after the governor’s order to keep schools closed until the middle of next month.

 

“Our MHSAA Executive Committee and MHSAA Sports Medicine Committee were in accordance with an extension until April 17,” MHSAA Executive Director Don Hinton said. “Like many State High School Associations around the South and throughout the nation, the MHSAA will continue to monitor and evaluate this situation as we move into the month of April. But as long as schools remain closed on a statewide basis, return to competition and practice will not be an option."

 

Per the Executive Committee’s decision Friday, the following events set for March and April were canceled and will not be made up due to scheduling and logistical issues:

  • MHSAA State Archery Championships per AIMS Director of Archery in Mississippi Schools

  • Mississippi Choral Arts Festival and State Choral Performance Assessments per the Mississippi Music Educators Association 

  • MHSAA Concert Band Championships per the Mississippi Band Directors Association

 

The MHSAA Executive Committee also voted to cancel spring football practice for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. The committee will look at adding an additional week of preseason practice for schools prior to the 2020 football season and upcoming sports physicals for the next school year will be addressed with our schools.

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