March 19, 2020 UPDATE
Due to COVID-19, the Gulfport School District will remain closed throught April 17, 2020. The Gulfport School District will continue to provide school-to-home instruction through April 17, 2020. During the week before April 17, 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic will be reassessed regarding the use of school site instruction.
We are in school - just delivering instruction in a different format.
On April 14th we will collect lessons and distribute additional school work for students.
Collection and Distribution Times
1:00 pm Elementary Schools
3:00 pm Middle Schools 3:00 pm
5:00 pm Gulfport High School 5:00 pm
Please monitor our page for additional information. We appreciate our parents, students, and staff for being resilient and for working as an educational team. We are sailing in uncharted, stormy waters but the Admirals will prevail.
Sparklight is offering free public WiFi in their parking lots, including the one on Highway 49 in Gulfport.
GSD Food Distribution
Pick Up Sites - 8:00 and 12:00
Pass Road Elementary
Gulfport Central Middle
School buses will be traveling throughout neighborhoods delivering food.
March 17, 2020
March 14, 2020 Coronavirus Update
Today, Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency and asked that all schools close for five (5) days. Therefore, Gulfport School District will be closed March 16 - 20, 2020.
Today, all Gulfport School District families received a message from their principal informing them that in light of recent developments concerning COVID-19 Virus, the Gulfport School District will be closed for the week of March 16, 2020 through March 20, 2020.
We ask that you tune into local media for further developments should they arise. We also ask that you continue to practice good handwashing procedures and limit travel.
A Message from the Superintendent
As more cases of Coronavirus are emerging across the country and large-scale events are cancelling or working on plans to cancel, we are working proactively, following guidelines from the Mississippi Department of Health, the Mississippi Department of Education, and the CDC, to establish plans to respond appropriately should the virus begin to impact our area. We will continue to coordinate with these departments for further guidance.
As we do every year in the Gulfport School District when the cold and flu season begins, the staff at each of our Gulfport Schools begins our increased disinfectant use and increased cleaning steps.
As we continue to navigate the spread of all respiratory illnesses including Coronavirus, please discuss with your family and remind each other of the following preventative actions:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. Students should remain home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash or use the inside of your elbow to catch the cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. As I mentioned above, we are paying extra attention to disinfect doorknobs, keyboards, water fountains, tables, etc.
- Encourage everyone you know to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing their noses, coughing or sneezing.
As we continue to equip our classrooms with wipes and hand sanitizer, please feel free to help us with this by donating these items to your child's school. By following the above recommendations and encouraging everyone to follow them as well, we can all do our part to stop the spread of illness in our community.
To our families that have students who will be traveling for competitions across our country, we are addressing these on a case-by-case basis based on the following rubric:
- Mode of Transportation
- Size of the Event
- Participation (Local, State, National, or International)
We will keep parents notified of decisions through the activity sponsors' communication mediums.
Thank you for entrusting the education of your children to the Gulfport School District.
Glen V. East