Memphis Oral School for the Deaf holding 1920s-themed virtual fundraiser this weekend

  Lakeland, Millington complete first week of school with new safety measures

  SCS bus drivers laid off after district switches to all virtual instruction

  Contracted worker for Millington schools tests positive for COVID-19

  The Investigators: What will increased screen time mean for your child’s physical, mental health?

  YMCA working with SCS to provide care for virtual learners

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  SCS holding virtual job fair to meet need for teachers, training session for students, parents

  No school uniforms for SCS students but parents will need to prepare in other ways for virtual learning

SCS no longer requiring students to wear uniforms while learning virtually

  West Memphis School District continues digital device distribution

  Catholic Schools of Memphis return to in-person learning

  Teachers voice concerns over new technology to be used for SCS students

  Districts could be forced to change instructional methods in TN schools if COVID-19 case counts increase

As students head back to class this year, cases of COVID-19 in schools are expected. And so far, multiple districts in Tennessee that have started back in-person have seen cases.

  WATCH: Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray talks back-to-school plans

There have been a lot of changes for the district leading up to the new year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Mid-South in March.

  Interim head of school at St. George’s Independent School discusses reopening plan

Students at St. George’s Independent School begin the new year Aug. 17.

3rd Marion schools student-athlete tests positive for coronavirus

Another student-athlete in the Marion School District in Arkansas has come down with COVID-19.

  Schools taking steps to provide tech support for digital learning devices

  Arkansas to provide COVID-19 data to school districts to track cases

  Health department says COVID-19 infections decreasing but more expected with in-person learning resuming

  School districts expecting greater need for tech support with virtual learners

  DeSoto County Schools set to start next week, students waitlisted for virtual learning devices

Ark. teachers group calls for virtual start of school year

  The Investigators: Private school applications spike as public schools go virtual

Public schools have reduced the number of days children are in an actual classroom or canceled in-person classes completely. Meanwhile, many area private schools plan to bring students on campus five days a week, and many of those schools have seen a higher number of applications this semester.

  Alcorn School District now has 10 students, 4 employees with COVID-19

Alcorn School District in Corinth posted an update to Facebook Monday showing 10 students and four employees with the novel coronavirus.

  Mississippi Department of Education will distribute more than 25K digital devices to DeSoto County Schools

DeSoto County Schools reopen Aug. 17. After the district announced they were delaying the start of school, leaders extended the deadline for parents to choose in-person or online learning.

  Tennessee officials finalizing plan to release school COVID-19 data

How will schools keep students safe during outbreaks? What information will be released to the public about those outbreaks? Those are two questions state officials are working to answer.

Two additional students test positive for COVID-19 at Corinth High School

This brings the total number of cases at the high school to nine students and one staff member.

  Germantown schools now requiring face masks in classrooms

The district went from strongly encouraging face masks in the classroom to now requiring them in most cases.

  Millington, Lakeland students the first in Shelby County returning to school since the start of the pandemic

Masks, social distancing markers and sanitation were all involved on day one.

  Germantown schools distributing devices for students enrolled in all virtual learning program

The Germantown Municipal School District is giving away laptops and tablets this week for elementary school children enrolled in the full-time virtual learning program.

  Mid-South schools prepare to reopen their doors as students return for first day

Summer break is over in Lakeland and Millington as thousands of students will head back to class Monday. And school will be a lot different this year because of the pandemic.

  Millington, Lakeland students go back to school Monday

Both districts are offering virtual and some form of in-person classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Mid-South business headlines: Historic, $40M LeMoyne-Owen endowment gift shines light on collegiate disparities

We’re taking a look at the $40 million gift presented to Lemoyne-Owen College with Greg Akers, Editor-in-Chief of the Memphis Business Journal.

  More than 100 students quarantined after COVID-19 cases identified in Corinth School District

Corinth School District was one of the first districts to open in the country.

  Lakeland schools reopen Monday with safety changes

It won’t be the “typical” first day of school that Lakeland School System students are used to.

Quitman Co. School District pushes back start date

The Quitman County School District has pushed back its virtual start date to Aug. 24.

  SCS outlines what students can expect with digital learning

Students in Shelby County Schools can expect some of the same procedures they have at school to carry over into online learning.

  Superintendent for SCS interviewed on TODAY Show, says he’s been threatened for going virtual

The leader of Shelby County Schools made a guest appearance on the TODAY Show on Friday morning.

  The Investigators: Parents of special education students anxious about Shelby County’s virtual plan

The Shelby County School District’s decision to hold all classes online this semester is forcing families to make big adjustments, especially for the thousands of children who are in special education classes.

Area school in need of homemade masks

An area school is asking for help from the public to provide homemade masks for its students in need just in time for school to start.

  Another Mississippi school district reports COVID-19 cases in students and staff

Three students and three staff members at Alcorn School District have tested positive for COVID-19.

  SCS makes push to give ‘hero bonus’ to staff

Shelby County Schools want to give staff a “hero bonus.” Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray told the Shelby County Commission the district would need about $30 million to do that.

  DeSoto County Schools pushing back start of 2020-21 school year

DeSoto County Schools announced Thursday it would delay the start of the new school year.

  Health expert shares ways to keep kids active while virtual learning

Since many kids will be attending school online, P.E. may not be a part of their day. But kids can still be active.

  Tennessee Dept. of Education launches new online resource for families and educators

Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn spoke at Gov. Bill Lee’s Thursday afternoon coronavirus briefing, saying a third of the state’s schools are already open with another third expected to open next week.

  Corinth Superintendent: 116 students currently isolating

Less than two weeks ago, Corinth School District became the first district in Mississippi to return to class.

  Harvard professor says Mississippi must get COVID-19 numbers down before opening schools

A Harvard University medical expert has been keeping a close eye on coronavirus in Mississippi.

UofM opening COVID-19 testing center for students, staff

The University of Memphis is opening a COVID-19 testing center starting Aug. 17 for students, faculty and staff who are exhibiting symptoms.

  Shelby County municipal school districts rush to distribute digital devices

Shelby County municipal school districts are rushing to hand out digital devices to students before school starts.

  SCS Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray addresses county commissioners about all-virtual start to school year

Wednesday marked the first time for SCS Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray in appearing before county commissioners, since the district decided in late July to go all virtual to start the 2020-2021 school year.

  Oxford School District pushes back start of 2020-21 school year

In an email to parents, Superintendent Brian Harvey said the Board of Trustees voted in favor of pushing the start date back to Aug. 24 with teachers returning Aug. 17.

  Miss. districts re-evaluate back-to-school plans following executive order

Several Mississippi school districts have been re-evaluating their back-to-school plans after Governor Tate Reeves signed multiple executive orders to prepare for back-to-school season.

  COVID-19 cases now confirmed at other schools in Corinth School District

Corinth was the first school district in Mississippi to return to the classroom. Now in its second week, the district has seven confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

  WATCH: Fayette County Schools superintendent answers questions about back-to-school reopening plans

Fayette County Public Schools begins the new year Aug. 10, and for at least the first month students will learn remotely, according to the district’s reopening plan.

Germantown Schools announce device pick-up days for virtual elementary students

The Germantown Municipal School District has announced the dates for device pick-up for elementary students registered for virtual learning.

Gov. Reeves pushes school start date for 7-12th grade in 8 counties; Issues statewide mask mandate

Reeves has repeatedly said he believes students should be back in schools this fall.

  SCS provides internet hotspots for 24,000 families

Bridging the digital divide is about more than providing computers, SCS understands this and that’s why aside from handing out digital devices they are also providing internet hotspots for families.

  U of M president says campus could more fully reopen this semester if COVID-19 transmission decreases

The University of Memphis announced last week they would start the semester predominantly online or remote.

  Memphis Zoo set to launch virtual education programs

A class field trip to the Memphis Zoo may not be on the table for schools right now, but the zoo is working to bring the experience to students virtually.

  Mississippi governor issues statewide mask mandate, pushes back some school start dates

Some Mid-South school districts will have to adjust reopening plans following executive orders by Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves.

  5 COVID-19 cases now confirmed in Corinth School District

The district posted on Facebook about receiving notification after school Monday of the additional individuals who tested positive for the virus, bringing Corinth’s total to five cases.

  WATCH: South Tippah assistant superintendent discusses back-to-school reopening plans

The district begins with a hybrid schedule for the first two weeks starting Wednesday.

Gov. Tate Reeves expected to make big announcement for Mississippi schools

On Tuesday, Mississippi governor Tate Reeves will make a major announcement that will impact the school year.

  5 Collierville High School students share outlook on district’s hybrid plan

Jaylen Hughes, Sruti Gandreti, Sharon Lee, Jack Siegel and Alex Zhang never imagined the changes that would come during their final year.

  SCS begins distribution of nearly 100K digital devices for students

The first of nearly 100,000 digital devices were handed out Monday. It marked the start of laptop and tablet deployment as Shelby County Schools is set to begin its school year all virtual.

  Corinth School District reports additional COVID-19 cases after first week of school

On Monday, Corinth reported two additional cases at the high school.

First day of school for Dyersburg City Schools amid pandemic

Dyersburg City Schools saw their students for the first time Monday after schools closed early last school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  WATCH: Cross County superintendent discusses back-to-school reopening plans

Cross County School District Superintendent Dr. Nathan Morris is speaking with WMC’s Joy Redmond about their reopening plans.

Collierville elementary students have option to attend in-person class 5 days a week

Collierville’s school board has announced that elementary students will now have the option to attend school in person five days a week.

  SCS begins distribution for digital devices to students

Shelby County Schools has started distributing digital devices to students for virtual learning during the school year.

  Health expert discusses how schools should respond to COVID-19 cases

Schools across the Mid-South are just weeks away from beginning classes either in-person, online or in a hybrid model. WMC Action News 5 spoke to a local health expert about how schools should respond when news of a COVID-19 case breaks.

Collierville High School employee tests positive for COVID-19

A Collierville High School employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Memphis Shelby County Education Association hosting free COVID-19 testing for SCS teachers

At least 1,000 Shelby County Schools teachers will get tested for COVID-19 next week. The Memphis Shelby County Education Association is hosting free testing for members.

  DeSoto County Schools issues rules for virtual learning

Desoto County Schools is less than two weeks away from welcoming students back to the classroom both in-person and virtually.

  Health officials urge parents to get vaccines for school-age children

As the school year begins across the Mid-South, healthcare professionals are reminding parents about the importance of vaccinations.

Corinth School District reports positive COVID-19 test during first week of school

District officials say contact tracing has been done at the school, and they’ve notified anyone who’s been in close contact with the person who test positive.

  The Investigators: Should parents in certain communities be more concerned for their children’s risk of contracting COVID-19?

The number of new COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the Mid-South but in some places, the number is increasing at a more rapid pace.

  SCS requiring students to follow dress code while learning virtually

Even though the start of school will be all virtual, Shelby County Schools is now requiring students to wear their school uniforms.

  Millington, Collierville school districts announce school lunch changes in response to COVID-19

Lunch procedures will look different for students attending Milllington and Collierville schools this fall.

  UofM starting fall semester with virtual instruction

According to the university’s website, the first month of instruction will be delivered remotely wherever possible.