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Midsouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) moving ahead with in-person classes, fall sports


The Midsouth Association of Independent Schools is moving forward with its schedule to reopen schools in August and play high school football this fall.

The governing body for Mississippi's private schools announced on July 7 guidelines for safely reopening schools in the face of a growing COVID-19 pandemic. The MAIS says it adapted the guidelines from publications of both the Centers for Disease Control and the Mississippi Department of Health.

The guidelines, the organization says, will provide a minimum standard for member schools to operate fully, including fall football.

"Unlike the spring, in which all campuses were closed but schooling continued, this fall will see campuses open and functioning fully," the organization said in a release. "As an association of independent schools, MAIS members may have different county or parish restrictions and, thus, may adopt local policies and procedures in addition to the MAIS minimum standards."

The MAIS is suggesting Aug. 10 as the first day of school. July 31 marks the earliest date for fast-pitch softball, volleyball and girls soccer games. Football games for MAIS schools are tentatively scheduled for Aug. 21.

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