RCSD announces “Smart Restart” plan

Special to SW Rankin News


Rankin County School District (RCSD) recently announced their inaugural “Smart Restart” program for the 2020-2021 school year. The strategic plan focus is three-fold: great to best as they continue a tradition to excellence; do what is right for the students and do what is right for the educators. In that regard they released the following statement:

“RCSD, in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), school administrators and staff, local stakeholders from the fields of education, healthcare, business experts, and city/county/state leaders – has developed this plan for our schools and community to reopen and educate our students safely in the school year 2020-2021.”



The mission for the plan is to bring everyone's strengths together. RCSD ensures families, staff and faculty that the focus will be on empowering the students “to reach their maximum potential by embracing opportunities and challenges while cultivating tradition of distinction in education.The vision is to continue a tradition of excellence by providing a world-class education that empowers all to grow through curiosity, discovery and learning. RCSD's number one goal is to experience a “safe, healthy and inclusive environment.”



The Superintendent of Education, Sue Townsend, Ph.D., stated in a letter to parents that “[w]e are committed to doing what is right for our students and educators. Know that all RCSD employees and the Board of Trustees are passionate about their professional purpose, which is to protect and educate our most valuable assets – your children...as you know, people move to Rankin County because of its amazing communities and excellent schools. While we may have different opinions and you also have some difficult decisions to make, we can all agree our children are watching and learning from us in this incredibly challenging, historical time. It is imperative that we all join together during these difficult times to support our children. We may be social distancing, but we can do this while modeling patience, flexibility, grace and love as we move forward together.”



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