Education

  Tennessee education commissioner accused of misleading about learning loss

  CBU reports 2 students positive for COVID-19

  SCS student says she’s struggling with virtual learning

Olive Branch High boys’ basketball team quarantined, school officials say

  SCHD says no marked increase in pediatric COVID-19 cases with local school re-openings

  Rhodes College grad is potential Supreme Court nominee

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  Collierville High School teachers push for changes to COVID-19 instructional methods

  Police investigating burglary at U of M Athletic Office

School board expels student who brought gun on campus

  Lack of participation in 2020 Census could impact funding in Mississippi schools

  CBU gets creative with study abroad program during the pandemic

  Shelby County government presents $750K check to SCS for student headset fundraiser

  UofM and Memphis Zoo partner for TOM IV after beloved Tigers mascot’s passing

The passing of TOM III last week at the age of 12 signaled the end of having a live mascot at Memphis Tigers football games, but the University of Memphis has found a way to keep the tradition alive.

161 Desoto County students in quarantine; 18 COVID-19 cases among students, 6 among staff

DeSoto County Schools is reporting 161 of its students are currently in quarantine after 18 coronavirus cases were identified among students and six among staff.

  CBHS goes virtual after COVID-19 cluster confirmed on campus

The school confirms a total of six cases, including two employees and four students. CBHS says the two employee cases are related and two student cases are related.

  The Investigators: How local universities are sharing COVID-19 data and handling cases

The WMC Action News Five Investigators also looked at what happens after a student living on campus tests positive.

  SCS hosts 3rd Annual Necessity Drive

  University of Memphis mascot, TOM III, dies at 12 years old

2 Blytheville School District kindergarten classes quarantined

  Should routine utility maintenance be done during virtual learning hours?

  DeSoto County Schools shortens Friday school days beginning Sept. 25

  SCS releases details on athlete showcases after fall sports postponed

  A-State students protest for online class option

Three Arkansas State University students stood outside the Administration Building to protest for all classes to have an online option. The students are part of the “Students for an Online Option” group, which has around 40 members. They have also created an online petition that has over 130 signa

  Ole Miss students hold protest, say administration is mishandling the pandemic

A student-led protest took place at the University of Mississippi on Wednesday. The group is calling out the university for how it’s handled COVID-19 and says they could do better.

  Shelby County Health Dept. confirms 46 COVID-19 cases within UofM’s athletics programs

The cases represent two separate clusters.

  Some parents and coaches disappointed in SCS postponing sports

The district’s announcement today to postpone fall sports was a tough pill to swallow for some parents, considering other neighboring school districts have returned to play.

  About 3,000 SCS students have not logged on to classes, district says

Shelby County Schools leaders say about 3,000 students have not logged on to their online classes or picked up their digital devices since the school year began.

  SCS superintendent says district will postpone fall sports until further notice

Ray shared a video explaining the decision on Twitter, saying despite collaborative efforts in the district and locally to reduce the spread of COVID-19, there is “still far too much uncertainty to move forward with athletic practices and competitions.”

  University of Memphis delays plans to add in-person classes next week

In an update posted on the university’s coronavirus page, the UofM says they will keep the campus density at current levels and not add additional face-to-face classes as originally scheduled.

  White House’s Dr. Birx visits University of Tennessee to discuss COVID-19 response

Dr. Deborah Birx, a top member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force is paid a visit to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for a discussion on COVID-19.

High school switches to virtual learning after 99 students, staff quarantined for COVID-19

Manila High School students will spend the rest of the week working from home after 99 students and staff members were quarantined for the coronavirus.

COVID-19 confirmed at a Germantown elementary school

Germantown Municipal School District notified parents today that a staff member tested positive for coronavirus at one of its elementary schools.

  Lesson on injustice has district defending curriculum

A lesson on injustice and race has one Memphis mother wondering if it was inappropriate for her 10-year-old son. The school district teaching it said it’s the first complaint of its kind in the several years it’s had the curriculum.

  SCS school board raising money to help families with utility bills

The Shelby County Board of Education is partnering with SchoolSeed to fundraise for families with outstanding utility bills during online learning.

  Collierville High School reopens for in-person learning

Students at Collierville High returned to in-person instruction today after a two-week closure caused by a COVID-19 cluster.

  AutoZone Liberty Bowl awards teacher in recognition of Extra Yard for Teachers Week

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl along with the College Football Playoff Foundation awarded a long-time educator at a Mid-South high school with a special surprise Monday.

University of Memphis to increase in-person classes

The University of Memphis plans to increase its on-campus courses.

  White House’s Dr. Deborah Birx visits Oxford to discuss COVID-19 response

Birx stopped in Oxford as part of her ongoing tour of schools in the Southeastern Conference to learn strategies from what she says has been a successful response to COVID-19.

  Germantown students eat free through December

All students 18 and younger in GMSD will receive free breakfast and lunch through December.

  Germantown Municipal School District offering free breakfast, lunch for all students

The Germantown Municipal School District is offering breakfast and lunch to all students under 18 through December.

  COVID-19 sidelines U of M football program

After multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19, the University of Memphis has suspended all football activities.

  Collierville High School to resume in-person class Monday after two-week COVID-19 closure

Officials at Collierville Schools said Friday they are prepared to resume in-person learning at Collierville High School on Monday, September 14 after a two-week closure due to a COVID-19 cluster.

  Tennessee family sues school district to stop mask mandate

“He can’t concentrate and doesn’t like it,” said Heather Murchison, Sanfilippo’s mother.

Nearly $1.5M awarded to improve school safety in the southern district of Mississippi

The funds were provided by the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

  The Investigators: COVID-19 is in schools; is your school doing enough to keep students safe?

Public tracking tools are now available in Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee that show the number of COVID-19 cases by school or school district. But what do the numbers mean for your child’s safety?

  SCS officials say decision on fall sports expected by early next week

Athletes within Shelby County Schools remained sidelined as the district is not yet authorizing teams to play games amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Story of legendary LeMoyne-Owen College coach featured at film festival

The spotlight is on Memphis sports again as the independent film “First Forgotten Champions: The Legacy of Jerry C. Johnson” makes its debut in the Burbank International Film Festival this week.

  New COVID-19 guidelines in place for U of M students

Students attending the University of Memphis this fall had to sign an agreement complying with their public health expectations.

Tennessee Department of Education launches dashboard reporting COVID-19 information in schools, districts

Wednesday, the Tennessee Department of Education released a dashboard reporting additional COVID-19 information at school and district levels.

Launch of online dashboard tracking COVID-19 cases in Tennessee schools delayed

The launch of Tennessee’s new online dashboard tracking COVID-19 cases in schools and districts has been delayed.

  Community organizations providing more childcare options for SCS virtual learning students

There are over 100,000 students in Shelby County Schools and not all of them are able to stay home for virtual learning.

Tennessee Department of Education announced third phase of PBS partnership for the fall

Today the Tennessee Department of Education announced the third phase of its partnership with PBS stations across Tennessee to help ensure children continue to have access to educational content throughout the fall semester.

Memphis non-profit will host school supply giveaway this Saturday

Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives, otherwise known as F.F.U.N., will host its annual “Stop the Killing” back to school supply giveaway Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  SCS to offer free tutoring with launch of homework hotline

One week of online learning for Shelby County School students has already gone by and the district is launching its homework hotline.

  DeSoto County Schools parent starts petition to improve virtual learning

DeSoto County Schools is nearly halfway through the first quarter of the year. Since the start of the school year, parents have been split on their thoughts on the district’s virtual learning model.

  Shelby County leaders hope to dedicate thousands to SCS for virtual learning, COVID-19 expenses

Shelby County leaders hope to dedicate $750,000 to Shelby County Schools to help with any COVID-19 expenses related to virtual learning.

  SCS wraps up first week of virtual learning in new school year

Tens of thousands of students and parents at Shelby County Schools are navigating a new normal.

SCS makes changes to weekly meal distribution program

Shelby County Schools will pass out more meals to families on Friday mornings.

Arkansas elementary school goes all virtual after 2 COVID-19 cases identified

Another Arkansas school is going virtual after two positive cases were reported.

  Back-to-school event held for children with incarcerated parents

Going back to school can be stressful, especially amid a pandemic and with a parent behind bars, leaving some students up against incredible odds. But those kids got some much-needed support Thursday.

  The Investigators: Declining enrollment numbers could mean millions of dollars lost in state education funding

Concerns over declining student enrollment and attendance have educators and state leaders searching for solutions.

  Mid-Southerners help WMC raise money to provide SCS students with headsets

During the first week of virtual class for Shelby County Schools, Mid-Southerners showed how committed they are to quality education for all children.

  Some Desoto County parents having issues with virtual learning

Nearly three weeks after the start of school, some parents of virtual learning students with DeSoto County Schools are unhappy with what they’ve seen.

  Northpoint Christian School switches 9-12 grade students to remote learning

Northpoint Christian School notified parents all students in grades 9 through 12 will begin remote learning Thursday until September 11th.

  Tennessee Department of Education to report COVID-19 cases in schools and districts statewide

Beginning next week when the state’s final two districts start the new school year, TDOE will launch a dashboard on the department’s website reporting cases by district and school.

  Ex-head of Dept. of Education faces federal charges for bribery, wire fraud

A federal grand jury charged four people, including the former head of Mississippi Department of Education, with misusing public money.

  SCS kicks off weekly drive-thru meal distribution

Shelby County Schools will hand out meals to thousands of families starting Thursday.

Northpoint Christian School transitioning to remote learning due to COVD-19 exposure

After more than 50 students were sent home to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure, Northpoint Christian School has announced it will shift all ninth through 12th grade students to remote learning through Friday, Sept. 11.

  Mid-South community helps WMC raise more than $320K to provide headsets for Shelby County Schools students

We want to thank our donors for helping us smash our goal for Monday’s donation drive for Shelby County Schools.

  University of Memphis receives first world ranking by Wall Street Journal

For the first time, the University of Memphis has been ranked among the world’s top universities by the Wall Street Journal.

State commissioner of education to visit Germantown schools

Tennessee Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn is set to visit two schools in Germantown Wednesday afternoon.

Collierville High School reporting 14 COVID-19 cases

Collierville High Schools is reporting 14 confirmed coronavirus cases this week.

  Boys and Girls Clubs, sites across Shelby County welcoming virtual learning students

Organizations, employers, and churches have all stepped up to help support virtual learning students. While Shelby County Schools students are not reporting to school buildings, many are going to a location out of the home for supervision during virtual learning while their parents are at work.

U of M may increase on-campus classes this month

Classes at the University of Memphis started remotely Aug. 17. However, there is now a possibility some students may return to campus this month.

  LeMoyne-Owen College to remain virtual for rest of fall 2020 semester

LeMoyne-Owen began the school year virtually Aug. 12 with plans to move to a hybrid model, offering some courses with face-to-face options, after Labor Day as the college opened its residence Hall.

  SCS digital devices are still available for pick-up

On Monday, Shelby County Schools welcomed students back virtually.

  Shelby County Schools start virtual learning, majority of students log on

Thousands of students started their first day of virtual learning Monday, as Shelby County Schools started the year 100 percent online.

  Help us raise $240K for ’Headsets for Learning’ to provide headsets to Shelby County Schools students

As Tennessee’s largest school district goes all virtual, WMC Action News 5 is teaming up with Shelby County Schools to provide every student in the district with headsets for their digital devices. But we need your help.

Ole Miss reports 288 active cases of COVID-19 among students and staff

As of Monday, 433 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported at the University of Mississippi.

  Memphis Zoo education team launches ‘Wildlife Wishes’

The team recently launched “Wildlife Wishes” featuring Memphis Zoo animal ambassadors and their interpreters. More than a dozen animals including reptiles, birds, and mammals, are available to choose from and each animal comes with a conservation message too.