Education

UofM announces in-person commencement plans for 2020 graduates

The University of Memphis announced plans to hold an in-person commencement, as stated in an email sent to students Friday.

  SCS monitoring COVID-19 metrics before students' in-person return

  SCS giving teachers option to educate students remotely ahead of reopening for in-person instruction

Over 10,000 applications available for the TN Promise scholarship program

  Shelby County Schools discusses plan to return to in-person learning

  Shelby County Schools plans for January return to in-person learning

DeSoto Co. releases information on COVID-19 cases at each school

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  Students return from fall break after state/local leaders make COVID-19 announcement

  Governor Lee announced the suspension of negative consequences associated with student assessments for this year, however says statewide mandates are not effective

  Tunica non-profit teams up with NYC 7th grader to help remote learners

  Tennessee governor calls for temporary suspension of accountability measures for pandemic-affected school year

MTSU schedules modified, in-person fall commencement ceremonies

  Collierville, Millington schools say mask mandates will continue after health department’s new health directive

  Collierville middle schools to transition to in-person learning in November

Collierville Schools has announced plans to transition middle school students who are currently attending school under a hybrid model to in-person learning.

  Football teams connected to outbreaks at 2 DeSoto County Schools campuses

Southaven High school and DeSoto Central High School accounted for 54-percent of the district’s cases last week, according to DCS’s weekly update.

  UofM awarded $1M grant to establish automation and robotics training center

The University of Memphis has been awarded a huge grant from the federal government to create a brand-new, state-of-the-art robotics center with a job training program to go along with it.

  Mid-South school districts taking precautions ahead of fall break

School districts surrounding Shelby County are preparing to take extra precautions with students and their families possibly traveling over the upcoming fall break.

  First round of headsets to be distributed to SCS students

SCS confirms COVID-19 cluster within district

  SCS considering plans to get students back in the classroom

  More DCS students switch to in-person learning

UofM, Porter-Leath, RedZone to launch Early Childhood Academy in Orange Mound

  UofM president describes $50M losses from pandemic in letter to colleagues; layoffs, pay cuts coming for some

New statewide initiative launched to battle COVID-19 learning loss in Tennessee

A new statewide initiative is launching in Tennessee to battle the learning loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

  Some parents, students at Mississippi universities fear COVID-19 restrictions are jeopardizing quality of education

Some in-person classes have been moved online, and some fear the quality of their education is in jeopardy.

  Ole Miss students and parents upset with the way classes are being taught

Dr. Boyce said the university is looking into this matter and they will be meeting with deans and department to discuss this issue.

  Shelby County giving families free field trips to museums and galleries

County Mayor Lee Harris and leaders of local museums and galleries announce the 901 student passport program. This program will allow school-age children and their parents the opportunity to visit eight historical and cultural sites for free.

Ole Miss announces 2020 graduation set for May 2021

Ole Miss is planning the commencement ceremony for the graduating Class of 2020 but it won’t happen for a few more months.

Belmont University committed to holding final debate

Despite President Donald Trump’s diagnosis of COVID-19, Belmont University said it will still host the final presidential debate later this month.

  All school districts in Shelby County have more female teachers

It’s World Teacher Day, and nationally, there are more female teachers than male.

Mid-South elementary teacher dies from COVID-19, according to school district

An Arkansas school district is mourning the loss of one of their elementary school teachers from coronavirus-related complications.

136 DeSoto County students in quarantine; DeSoto Central High football activities suspended for 2 weeks

DeSoto County Schools is reporting 136 of its students are currently in quarantine after 28 coronavirus cases were identified among students and 13 among staff.

  Some Forrest City schools go virtual after positive COVID-19 case identified

Some schools in Forrest City, Arkansas will be taking time away from the classroom this week after a COVID-19 case sent teachers and staff into quarantine.

U of M Herff College of Engineering awarded $1M grant to set up Mid-South Advanced Automation and Robotics Center

The University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to establish the Mid-South Advanced Automation and Robotics Center (AARC).

  UofM anticipating 3,000 students returning to campus next week

The University of Memphis is entering the next phase of its plan to reopen campus. More students and staff will be welcomed back Monday, October 5.

St. George’s new head of school becomes school’s first Black leader

St. George’s Independent School has named a new head of school.

  Blytheville School District working to increase attendance in first quarter of school year

Blytheville public schools in Arkansas went from 97 students being absent last week to 11 or 12 this week.

  DeSoto County students, parents vent about virtual learning

Students and parents packed Thursday’s DeSoto County School Board meeting to complain about the district’s virtual learning program.

  U of M Athletics announces ticket updates for 2020-21 basketball season

University of Memphis Athletics has announced that all season ticket renewals from the upcoming 2020-21 basketball season will be rolled over and credited for the 2021-22 season.

  Ole Miss football games adjust amid pandemic

Ole Miss got to kick off the SEC season at home last Saturday with fans cheering from the stands. But what is it like to attend a game during a pandemic?

Ole Miss reports 38 active COVID-19 cases among students, staff

The University of Mississippi is reporting 38 active cases among students and staff as of Thursday with 34 of the cases attributed to students.

WATCH: 2nd grade teacher gets locked out of virtual classroom

Second graders at St. George’s Independent School were learning virtually, when suddenly the teacher was accidentally booted from the meeting.

  Area officials awaiting more details on rapid COVID-19 tests promised by Trump administration

Leaders at the Shelby County Health Department said they’re waiting to find out how many rapid COVID-19 tests the county will receive from the state of Tennessee.

  Tennessee appeals court rules governor’s school voucher program unconstitutional

Governor Bill Lee’s controversial “school voucher program” suffered another blow Tuesday when the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision that the Education Savings Account Act is unconstitutional.

  UofM increasing face-to-face classes next month

The University of Memphis is preparing to allow students to voluntarily return to in-person instruction on Oct. 5.

Rhodes president responds to alumni letter opposing Amy Coney Barrett

Some Rhodes College graduates opposed Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination and started a Facebook group to discuss their concerns about her nomination. The president of Rhodes College has since responded to the disapproving alumni.

  Girls on the Run launches fall season

Girls on the Run is an after-school program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. The program, which focuses on their social and emotional development skills, has had to go virtual because of the ongoing pandemic.

  Tennessee governor responds to criticism over learning loss report

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is responding to criticism over a report his administration released that showed a “significant” learning loss for students because of school closures from COVID-19.

  Laptops and internet hotspots donated to high school seniors in South Memphis to help with college applications and careers

Monday the Memphis Education Fund kicked off a technology drive to help high school students in two disadvantaged Memphis neighborhoods succeed in college and beyond.

Memphis Education Fund to co-host tech drive for Shelby County high school students

The Memphis Education Fund is set to co-host a technology drive for upcoming high school seniors in Shelby County.

150 DeSoto County students in quarantine; 16 COVID-19 cases identified among students, 2 among staff

DeSoto County Schools is reporting 150 of its students are currently in quarantine after 16 coronavirus cases were identified among students and two among staff.

  Rhodes College alumni start Facebook group to oppose Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

Some graduates of Rhodes College disagree with Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court and have started a fast growing Facebook group in opposition.

  Tennessee education commissioner accused of misleading about learning loss

Educators and lawmakers from across the state are criticizing the Tennessee Department of Education for data it released, showing Tennessee students were experiencing a “significant” learning loss due to schools being closed from COVID-19.

  CBU reports 2 students positive for COVID-19

CBU officials announced two student-athletes, who are also roommates, tested positive.

  SCS student says she’s struggling with virtual learning

We’ve heard from parents all over the Mid-South about the struggles of virtual learning, but recently a local eighth grader reached out to WMC Action News 5 about her experience.

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

Members of the Olive Branch High School boys' basketball team have been quarantined due to close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, according to school officials.

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

Public health officials in Shelby County said they do not believe school re-openings have resulted in increased cases of COVID-19 among children locally.

  Rhodes College grad is potential Supreme Court nominee

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett is making headlines as a potential nominee to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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

Some Collierville teachers are asking the district to move to all virtual learning, citing concern over their workload.

  Police investigating burglary at U of M Athletic Office

University of Memphis Police Services and the Memphis Police Department are investigating a burglary at the Athletic Office Building.

School board expels student who brought gun on campus

Blytheville school officials voted to expel a student accused of bringing a gun onto campus.

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

The 2020 Census deadline is in seven days and the number of people who fill it out will determine how school systems are funded over the next 10 years.

  CBU gets creative with study abroad program during the pandemic

Like many universities, Christian Brothers University has gone virtual for several classes because of the pandemic, including within the study abroad program.

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

On Monday, Mayor Lee Harris, Commission Chairman Eddie Jones and Commissioner Tami Sawyer presented a $750,000 check to SCS Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray and members of the SCS Board of Education.

  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

The community came together Friday to make sure Shelby County students have everything they need for the school year.

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

TOM III, the beloved Bengal Tiger mascot for the University of Memphis, died Friday less than three weeks after his 12th birthday.

2 Blytheville School District kindergarten classes quarantined

Two Blytheville Primary School kindergarten classes are being quarantined after one student tested positive for COVID-19.

  Should routine utility maintenance be done during virtual learning hours?

It takes a village, and some parents believe there are companies leaving their children behind while virtual school continues.

  DeSoto County Schools shortens Friday school days beginning Sept. 25

Beginning Friday, Sept. 25, students will be dismissed two hours and 15 minutes early.

  SCS releases details on athlete showcases after fall sports postponed

SCS Superintendent Joris Ray says there will be showcases and combines for junior and and senior athletes, as well as exposure to local and national coaches and scouts.

  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.