JACKSON ― In light of ongoing health concerns and uncertainties posed by COVID-19, the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents is canceling the MASS/Alliance Summer Convention scheduled for July in Biloxi.
“During these trying times, we are doing everything in our realm of control to prioritize health and safety,” said Dr. Phil Burchfield, MASS executive director. “Our decision was made out of an abundance of caution for our members and all convention participants. We know school and business leaders across Mississippi also have been making difficult decisions to comply with health precautions. By acting in unison, we are doing our part to protect our communities and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
For the next few months, MASS will focus on working with state leaders to prepare districts for the upcoming school year. However, the ability to safely open schools in the fall depends on several factors that are still unknown at this point. As the state’s leading advocate for quality public education, MASS will continue keeping members informed about school-related issues and providing support and assistance for the statewide education community.
“As we face this ongoing crisis together, I want to thank school leaders for staying positive during this unprecedented time,” Burchfield said. “Even though classes are not in session, their leadership and encouragement are essential in helping our communities get through this crisis safely and responsibly. As educators, we will learn from this experience and work together to make our schools safer and stronger than ever.”