Mississippi Education Connection


Mississippi Education Connection | High School Senior Day

For the most people high school is something they remember for the rest of their lives, especially those last couple of months, but, for the graduating class of 2020, these times will be remembered much differently. Today we’re celebrating our Mississippi high school seniors and sitting down with three graduates to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on their senior year. Plus, listen as seniors from around the state share messages with their peers in our senior spotlight.

Tips of the Week for High School Seniors

  • Diversify your skills. There are some skill sets that have become more marketable than before because of COVID-19. See which ones you have and fine tune them.
  • Make the most of your summer before before college. It's been a stressful and uncertain past few months. So, relax and enjoy the summer, making the necessary preparations but don't get overwhelmed. As long as you are ready with your technology, the colleges and universities are awaiting you with huge welcomes. They are prepared.
  • Get involved. Stay involved, with your home community and your new school community. You learn new skills when you volunteer and you build your network.

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Mississippi Education Connection| How to Help Your Special Needs Child Get the Most Out of Home School During Coronavirus Isolation

Transitioning to teaching your kids at home during coronavirus school closures can be hard for many families, but parents of kids with special needs face unique challenges. Listen as we speak with Robin Lemonis, Director of Special Education and Dr. Nathan Oakley, Chief Academic Officer with the MS Department of Education about how to help your special needs child get the most out of distance learning.Tips of the Week:* Keep consistent check-in with your child’s school, teachers and therapistsabout:How educational and therapeutic service delivery may change in the coming weeksIf schools offer distance-learning opportunities to students without disabilities, the same support should be offered to students with disabilities. Don’t feel pressured to exactly replicate school and therapy at home. With flexibility, you may identify new ways to learn and grow together that would be more difficult in a typical time.* Seek helpWhether your child has a disability or they're feeling extremely stressed, there are disability or condition-specific organizations and support groups that can provide helpful information and social support.Reach out to local organizations to see if they offer virtual support groups or have active email listeners that send out information and resources.* Encourage children to talk about their feelings .Children with disabilities often experience feelings of social isolation from their peers, and social distancing policies related to COVID- 19 may amplify these feelings.Give your child opportunities to discuss these feelings and brainstorm ways for your child to interact with others through texting, phone calls, video chatting and other virtual platforms.