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Mississippi Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, (MSDB) The Mississippi Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (MSDB) is one district with two unique schools – the Mississippi School for the Deaf, established in 1854, and the Mississippi School for the Blind, established in 1848. MSDB was established by the Mississippi State Legislature to provide educational and residential services to students across Mississippi who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf/blind. Our highly specialized Teachers and Support Staff work together to provide a safe, happy, and healthy environment that facilitates growth and learning. Our educational curricula and after school programs encourage students to excel in all areas of their lives. Our goal is to provide fully accessible learning environments and foster the love of learning for life. Our students strive to accomplish every goal they set for themselves and exceed everyone’s expectations! Learn more about how we succeed by clicking below and learn about our two unique schools.
Dr. Jeremy Stinson
Grade Levels: PK-12
Mississippi Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
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A MESSAGE FROM OUR SUPERINTENDENT – SEPTEMBER 9, 2021
The last thing I was hoping to say in one of my first letters to you is the word COVID-19. We are one year and six months into this pandemic with no end in sight. We do, however, know more about the behavior of the virus and the best strategies to mitigate spread.
I would like to encourage you and your family to consider vaccination. Yes, you can still get COVID-19 after vaccination, but the data is very clear that the prevalence of hospitalization and death are very low. The most prevalent age groups who are becoming infected are the unvaccinated under 50 years old. The Delta variant is highly contagious, and experts believe the risk for super-spreader events when school begins is very high. Only 25% of children have been infected so far, and experts believe they are vulnerable to this variant. I do ask that you submit a copy of your child’s vaccination card (if applicable) with your registration packet to help us with contact tracing if needed.
Masks, social distancing, and symptom monitoring have been highly effective in reducing the spread of the virus. All staff and students must always wear masks while indoors. The Delta variant of the virus is causing symptoms other than fever first, and then fever may follow afterward. If your child is sick, with or without fever, please keep them home and have them tested as soon as possible.
We will continue to disinfect throughout the day with special emphasis on high-contact surfaces such as doorknobs, stair rails, desks, and tables. Hand sanitizer will continue to be available in all classrooms and at each building entrance. The evening custodial staff will fumigate all rooms and surfaces in each building nightly.
Finally, all students will begin school in-person with no virtual options. We believe students learn best when they are in the physical presence of their teacher and classmates. If a staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracing will begin immediately, and all protocols within this manual will be followed. Virtual teaching/learning will be assigned on a case-by-case basis as needed. MSDB also now has the capability to test unvaccinated staff and students who have no symptoms once per week on Thursdays as an extra layer of precaution.
I am honored to serve as the Superintendent of Mississippi Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (MSDB), and my number one priority will always be the health and safety of students and staff. I still believe the worst of COVID-19 is behind us, but the data is very clear that we are not yet out of the woods. The good news is, we have much experience and a great track record in keeping our exposure numbers low, and I am confident we will continue to do so. If modifications in our Safe Start to School Guide are needed, we will notify you via email, social media, and by all other possible means of communication. I am optimistic we will once again rise to meet the challenges of COVID-19 this school year, while ensuring your child receives the best educational experience we have to offer. Thank you for trusting us and partnering with us in this endeavor!
Jeremy Stinson, Ph.D.
Primary Health and Safety District Contact
Dr. Jeremy Stinson, Superintendent
Dupe Oluwatade, Health Clinic Supervisor
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