K-12 Schools



All Hattiesburg schools will be closed until April 17th, 2020. At this time plans for online learning are in development and will be shared when complete. On Monday, March 23rd, 2020, all directors, principals, supervisors and essential personnel will report to their assigned work locations for guidance on how to provide our students with access to learning services.

  • Grab-and-Go meals will be available at all HPSD school locations (except for Mary Bethune Alternative Center) will begin serving meals today (Monday, March 23), from 10 a.m. until Noon. Curbside and walk-ups only.
    • Meals are free for ALL children 18 & under.
      • The price for Adult Breakfast is $2.25; Lunch is $3.75.
  • All public school offices, centers and buildings will be closed until April 17, 2020. Please note that all departments and personnel will adhere to CDC guidelines on social distancing and congregating. During this time, only delivery staff will be allowed entrance into HPSD buildings.



Campuses will be closed March 23 – March 27 to students. There will be no academic responsibilities, ACT testing, athletic activities/competitions/practice or any other school-related activities during this time. At home academic responsibilities are scheduled to start back on Monday, March 30.



All Catholic Schools under the Diocese of Biloxi will be closed for students through April 17, 2020. Additional closings will be evaluated on a week by week basis, but the hope is that they will reopen on April 20.

  • The closure includes cancellation of all activities including clubs, extra curricular programs and athletics. Teachers, staff and administrators will continue work March 23-27, March 30 – April 3 and April 6-8 to prepare distance learning lessons.
  • Distance learning will begin on March 23 and continue through the following dates: 23-27, March 30 – April 3 and April 6 – 8. Lessons will be shared by the principal and your child’s teacher.
  • Teachers and administrative staff can be reached via school email for any questions, concerns or advisement on how to complete distance learning. Spring break for students, staff and administrators will be Holy Thursday, April 9 and 10 and continue during April 13 – 17, 2020.


Ages 3 – 5

 Age-appropriate Apps:

    • Kidz Grow
      KidzGrow is a skills development mobile application available for both iOS and Android devices. The app contains activities for children aged 0-6 and can be customized to a child’s age. Suggested activities support five domains of development: Gross motor skills, fine motor skills, cognitive skills,  speech-language skills, social skills. The app provides personalized feedback after a child has completed an activity and an overall progress summary for  each set of skills indicating the percentage of activities achieved, not achieved and not attempted.
    • Beck and Bo
      Beck and Bo is a story telling app that teaches preschool children basic vocabulary through storytelling. As the adventure continues children will choose pictures and words to advance to the next screen. A game like reward system keeps children motivated and interested in learning.

Ages  6 – 8

Ages 10 through High School

  • https://newsela.com/ : Newsela features factual and educational articles that apply to current events. At the start of the article you can choose language, grade level, or even base the vocabulary on AR reading level. Articles span from science to social studies, news, history, etc. This is a great tool for older children that want to stay informed. Each article has a 10-question quiz.


Free Learning : Spanish Resources

https://www.pandatree.com/FreeLearningSpanishResources : Includes games and reading activities in Spanish.

Children with Special Needs


Below are several activities that can be done while practicing social distancing (fewer than 10 people, at least 6-feet a part).

  • Pick up trash or litter
  • Cut an elderly neighbors grass
  • Sidewalk chalk with motivational quotes and lyrics
  • Play catch
  • Jumprope




Hattiesburg Library Parking Lot, 329 Hardy Street

Parking Lots and Lobbies of City Facilities:

  • City Hall, 200 Forrest Street
  • Engineering Office, 212 W. Front Street
  • Jackie Dole Community Center, 220 West Front Street
  • C.E. Roy Community Center, 300 E. 5th Street
  • Hattiesburg Train Depot, 308 Newman Street
  • Ben McNair Recreation Center, 300 N. 12th Avenue

Additional Wi-Fi Spots Around the Community:

  • Venture Church: Parking Lots at all Campuses
    • 4142 Lincoln Road – Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    • 1900 N 31st Avenue – Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    • 1200 Woodland Drive – Wiggins, Mississippi
    • 100 Perry Street – Gulfport, Mississippi

Libraries/Free Public WiFi Spots Around the State – Map

Resources in Forrest County include:

  • Brooklyn Community Center
  • Carnes Old Helena Community Center
  • Danny Hinton Community Center
  • Dixie Community Center
  • Leevill Community Center
  • North Forrest Community Center
  • Barrontown/Macedonia
  • Dantzler Community Center
  • Glendale Community Center
  • McLaurin Community Center
  • Rawls Springs Community Center
  • Sunrise Community Center
  • Will Denton Community Center
  • Sheeplo Community Center


For all media inquiries, please contact 601-447-5950 (text for best response) or email smccain@hattiesburgms.com.


If you have questions or need additional information about coronavirus and Mississippi, the information below will provide you with a hotline dedicated to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Hotline: 877-978-6453
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.