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Oxford School District Update on COVID-19

Update for Faculty and Staff (March 14, 2020) — The following update is for OSD faculty and staff.

Monday, March 16: All 238 day employees

  • Child Nutrition Cafeteria Managers and Direct Support Specialist.
  • Academic and Instructional Coaches will report at 1pm.

Tuesday, March 17: The following employees will report to their place of employment:

  • Assistant Principals
  • All remaining Child Nutrition employees, and four bus drivers designated by Mr. Brownlee.
  • Records Clerks (205 day)

Thursday, March 19: The following will report to their place of employment:

  • All 190 & 220 day employees (attendance clerk, receptionist, Elementary School Office Managers & Transition Specialist)
  • Remaining 205 day employees (OHS bookkeeper, Central Office Receptionist)
  • Bus drivers (184 day)
  • Classified 187 day employees (Retention Coordinator, Planning Center Instructional Aides, Teacher Assistants & Library Assistants)
  • 187 day certified Special Services employees (Hearing impaired, Occupational Therapist, Psychometrist)
  • School Nurse (187 & 190 day)
  • Librarians (187 day)

The following employees will work remotely from home dependent on building principal/supervisor guidance. More instructions to come.

  • All certified 187, 207 day employees (Teachers, Intervention Coordinators, Behavior Coaches, Counselors, School Readiness Coordinator, and Speech Language Pathologists)

Update (March 13, 2020) — Based on President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency today, the Oxford School District will be closing schools through at least March 27. We are currently working on plans to provide instruction to all students enrolled in the Oxford School District as well as meals to all students who need them throughout this time. More information will be forthcoming over the next few days.

Oxford, Mississippi (March 12, 2020) — At this time, the Oxford School District has reached the decision to close campuses for all students and staff on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th. These days will be made up on April 13th and May 21st as indicated in the academic calendar.

The OSD Central Office will be open on Monday and Tuesday, but all school offices will be closed.At this time, all school activities, athletic events, games, practices, and meetings are canceled effective today through Tuesday, March 17th.

Until Governor Reeves declares a state of emergency, we are bound by the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards, 2019 and Miss. Code Ann. § 37-13-63. Neither the Mississippi Department of Health, nor the Mississippi Department of Education has recommended school closures in the state of Mississippi.

If your student (or a staff member) has recently traveled internationally, please complete this survey with supporting information. More communication will be forthcoming on self-quarantine guidelines.

We are closely monitoring the situation and more information will be forthcoming on future school closures as conditions warrant.


Brian Harvey
Superintendent, Oxford School District

Miss. Code Ann. § 37-13-63. Minimum length of school term.

(1) Except as otherwise provided, all public schools in the state shall be kept in session for at least one hundred eighty (180) days in each scholastic year.

(2) If the school board of any school district shall determine that it is not economically feasible or practicable to operate any school within the district for the full one hundred eighty (180) days required for a scholastic year as contemplated due to an enemy attack, a man-made, technological or natural disaster or extreme weather emergency in which the Governor has declared a disaster or state of emergency under the laws of this state or the President of the United States has declared an emergency or major disaster to exist in this state, the school board may notify the State Department of Education of the disaster or weather emergency and submit a plan for altering the school term. If the State Board of Education finds the disaster or extreme weather emergency to be the cause of the school not operating for the contemplated school term and that such school was in a school district covered by the Governor’s or President’s disaster or state of emergency declaration, it may permit that school board to operate the schools in its district for less than one hundred eighty (180) days; however, in no instance of a declared disaster or state of emergency under the provisions of this subsection shall a school board receive payment from the State Department of Education for per pupil expenditure for pupils in average daily attendance in excess of ten (10) days.