Traffic is now snarled on the Popp’s Ferry bridge as emergency workers are on the scene of a fatal accident in which a northbound vehicle apparently crossed into the southbound lane, colliding head on with a Biloxi Public School schoolbus that had dropped off its last load of students and was returning to the district’s transportation department. The accident occurred about 8:30 this morning.
The driver of the vehicle that collided with the schoolbus died, emergency workers said.
The schoolbus driver and an aide on the bus, which was not transporting any students at the time of the accident, sustained minor injuries, according to Biloxi Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul A. Tisdale.
Schools to dismiss students early today
Biloxi Public Schools will have early dismissal today, ushering in the Christmas break. To see today’s abbreviated schedule for individual schools, click here.
Teachers return to school on Monday, Jan. 4 for staff development; students return on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Among the holidays in January are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18; and the Mardi Gras break, which is Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 15-17 for students, with staff returning on Wednesday, Feb. 17 for a staff development day. To see the complete school-year calendar, click here.
’Arrow’ headed for homes, businesses next week
A new issue of The Arrow, the newsletter for Biloxi Public Schools, will be arriving in homes and businesses in the Biloxi school district next week, offering detailed analysis of the state’s new accreditation model for school districts.
The 12-page report, titled “Special Report: Making the Grade,” explains how the new accountability program works, how students in Biloxi Public Schools scored, and what challenges are on the horizon. The issue also includes stories and photos about the Excel by 5 initiative, an upcoming seminar for parents and students, and photos from significant school events.
To see an online version now, click here.