More than 80% of Mississippi’s K-12 school districts require masks or face coverings to be worn on campus. However, that still leaves 102,714 students under no mask requirement, including two of the biggest school districts in the state — Harrison County School District with 13,666 students and DeSoto County School District with 34,067, according to data from the Mississippi Department of Education’s website.

Last updated: September 17, 2021

View a visualization of Mississippi’s K-12 student population divided by how many are or are not subject to a mask requirement in their district:

Students under a mask requirement

340,342

Students NOT under a mask requirement

102,714

In addition to Desoto County and Harrison County school districts, the other 18 mask-optional districts include:

• Baldwyn School District (753)
• Enterprise School District (924)
• George County School District (3,843)
• Itawamba County School District (3,378)
• Jackson County School District (8,765)
• Lauderdale County School District (5,680)
• Lee County School District (6,389)
• Lincoln County School District (2,733)
• Monroe County School District (2,095)
• Nettleton School District (1,170)
• North Tippah School District (1,259)
• Pontotoc County School District (3,524)
• Scott County School District (3,785)
• Senatobia Municipal School District (1,676)
• Stone County School District (2,334)
• Tate County School District (2,097)
• Union County School District (2,899)
• Walthall County School District (1,677)

READ MORE: Inside one of Mississippi's mask-optional school districts

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Nigel Dent, a native of Natchez, is Mississippi Today’s audience journalist. He works as a member of the audience team to engage with readers, create audience-centered resources and distribute Mississippi Today’s news across various digital platforms, including social media and newsletter products.