FAQ - Return to School Plan


The goal of the Lafayette County School District is to return to a Traditional Schedule with a Hybrid “Phase-In” process.  Students will return to school in Red or Gold Teams, lowering the number of people on campus as new protocols and procedures are introduced.  (See the revised LCSD 2020-2021 School Calendar at the end of this document.)  Information about teams will be communicated to all parents/guardians.   Siblings will be grouped together on the same team.

Families may select to return to school virtually for the 2020-2021 school year. Families selecting this option must complete a Distance Learning Agreement Form by Friday, July 24, 2020. Virtual students may or may not have the same courses offered as traditional face-to-face students. Virtual offerings may vary at each LCSD school. Children with special needs choosing the virtual method will have an IEP meeting to address needs and accommodations.

Yes. All students receiving services from the LCSD must register for school.

Face coverings (masks) will be required on the bus, as students enter/exit the building, and while transitioning to and from classes. Once seated in the classroom, face coverings are highly encouraged but not required.

The District will provide a limited number of masks for students for use on school buses as well as in the school buildings. However, students and staff may provide their own personal face coverings and must follow guidelines in the school dress code.

Parents are the first line of defense in the screening process. Parents are encouraged to check the temperatures of their children each morning before sending them to school. Temperatures will be taken each morning in the homeroom/first-period class. Thermometers will be provided to each first period/homeroom teacher. Students with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be sent to the school’s Health Station for further screening.

School buildings and buses will be cleaned/sanitized daily as well as increased cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed throughout the building.

Elementary: Outside recess will occur daily as weather permits. Safety precautions will be in place. Secondary: An in-room break will be scheduled during the second-period class.

Students will have the opportunity to have breakfast in a “Grab-and-Go” style. Breakfast will be taken to the student’s homeroom/first-period class.

Options are still being considered. More information to come.

Lunches may be dropped off by parents. Parents must wear a mask entering the building. Food delivery services will not be allowed. Parents may not eat lunch with their children.

All students will need to be dropped off and picked up at the designated location for each school. Information about revised routes/drop-offs due to the new elementary school will be provided before the start of school.

Parents will not be allowed to walk students into the building. School staff members will be available to assist students in the building.

Doctor excuses may be required.

Teachers will utilize various tools to communicate with parents (i.e. Virtual meetings, video calls, email, and telephone calls). In-person meetings will be scheduled as needed.

Elementary students (grades Pre-K - 6) will have a device assigned to them for in-school use. Students who choose virtual learning will be provided with a take-home device. Secondary students (grades 7th - 12th) will have a device assigned to them for home and school use.

The YMCA will provide measures to keep all students safe during after school care.

All students will be expected to meet current LCSD grade requirements as outlined in District policy and in the school handbooks. Student handbooks are made available in the online registration process.

Parents/guardians may enter the school to check students in/out of school. Masks must be worn.

Students will be required to wear a mask on the bus. Students will be encouraged to sit in family groups. Buses will be cleaned/sanitized each day.

In accordance with guidelines set by the Mississippi High School Activities Association, sports and other MHSAA sanctioned activities will continue. The Lafayette County School District will yield to all regulations and decisions of the MHSAA. When applicable and appropriate, social distancing and modifications will be made.