Phase Two| HPSD Restart & Recovery Plan for Students

View our District Calendar here.


Phase Two Beginning September 8th to October 19th, 2020


Phase two of the HPSD Restart and Recovery Plan is scheduled to begin on September 8th.  Schools will reopen for in-person instruction using hybrid (alternating days) learning plans with students. Hybrid learning is a combination of in-person instruction and virtual (online) instruction. On days students are not scheduled to attend school for face-to-face instruction, they will attend online classes during their scheduled class times.

  • PK through 12th-grade students will be divided into groups and attend school on alternating days depending upon their last name for face to face instruction (see our District Calendar here).
    • Students whose last name begins with A-J (Purple Group) will report September 8th for in-person instruction.
    • Students whose last name begins with K-Z (Gold Group) will report September 9th for in-person instruction.
  • School administrators will work with parents/guardians to ensure siblings with different last names are scheduled in the same attendance group.  
  • Eligible High School students will be enrolled in one or more dual enrollment courses. 
  • High school students enrolled in two-year CTE programs allowed to attend daily.

In order to give flexibility to families during the 2020-2021 school year, HPSD is offering students the option of participating, with restrictions, in the Hattiesburg Public School District 100% Virtual Learning Option for students who (a) deemed as “medically fragile” with a physician’s order or (b) whose parents request a 100% online virtual learning option. Students who select this option must complete a 9-week session before switching to a different pathway (i.e., traditional in-person or hybrid). 


Start & Dismissal Times Beginning September 8th to October 9th, 2020


All schools will start at their normal times, however, each school will dismiss one (1) hour earlier each day.





Late Pickup  


7:20 a.m.

1:47 p.m.

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Burney STEAM

7:25 a.m.

1:38 p.m.

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7:30 a.m.

1:35 p.m.

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Grace Christian, Hawkins, Rowan, Thames, & Woodley

8:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

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Hattiesburg High 

8:30 a.m.

2:55 p.m.

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  • We encourage all parents who can transport their child to do so. 
  • Students who ride the bus will be required to wear masks at all times while riding the bus.
  • Parents are encouraged to check their child’s temperature and do health screening before they leave home for school.
  • Students will be given assigned seats. Family groups will be allowed to sit together.
  • Buses will be sanitized daily.
Breakfast & Lunch
  • All desks will be wiped down with disinfectant wipes before and after each meal.
  • Students will sanitize hands before eating.
  • When social distancing is possible, students will eat in the cafeteria.
  • Students will pick up breakfast and lunches, using appropriate distancing, and eat in their classroom.
  • If a student brings lunch from home, it must be in a brown bag or something similar that can be disposed of daily. Drinks should not be brought in a thermal mug or cup.
  • All food and drink items must be disposable.
  • Parents or guardians are encouraged to pick up meals for students on virtual learning days.
Extracurricular Activities
  • HPSD Athletics has implemented a plan of action in accordance with MHSAA guidelines.
  • School Personnel have been trained on sanitizing protocols and procedures.
  • Coaches will communicate with student athletes via approved communication platforms (i.e. DragonFly, HUDL, Remind101 or SchoolStatus.
  • Students who fail to attend classes (traditionally or hybrid) WILL NOT be allowed to participate in athletics.
  • Extracurricular activities and sports are subject to the same mitigation protocols as our physical school buildings. If a student is unable to attend school in person because of family concerns for transmission of COVID-19, they are unable to participate in these activities for the same reason. The only exception would be those extracurricular activities and sports that take place virtually.


  • What will determine closure?
    • Per the Mississippi State Department of  Health Safer at Schools Guidance, the following measures will determine when and if any closures are warranted.
    • Determination will be made on a case by case basis in consultation with local and state health officials
    • Evidence of uncontrolled spread in the school is a good indicator that building closure might be prudent
    • In the event of an outbreak ( ≥ 3 cases within any group, e.g., class, team) – all group members should be quarantined for 14 days
    • Closure of School Building (or School)
    • Triggers might include:
      • Multiple simultaneous outbreaks or affected groups (i.e., ≥ 3 separate groups impacted)
      • Pre-set % of students or staff (exceeding normal school absences)
      • Difficulty conducting education work due to student or staff absences
      • Re-opening – a minimum of 14 days appropriate

  • What will happen when a student or employee returns to school after returning from self- quarantine?
    • Once a student or employee is excluded from the school environment, they may return if they satisfy the recommendations of the CDC. Currently, those guidelines are:
      • Fever-free for 72 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers
      • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved); and They receive a release to return to work/school from their physician.
  • How will students/ staff be separated while in school if exhibiting symptoms?
    • Each school will have a room or space separate from open common areas where students or employees who may have COVID-19 or another communicable disease will wait to be evaluated or for pickup. 
To read more details on our Phase 2 Restart & Recovery Plan please visit this
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