Schools to remain closed until April 24, if not longer

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced this morning, March 26, that both K-12 schools and higher education facilities in Georgia will remain closed through April 24.

"Public elementary and secondary schools shall remain closed for in-person instruction through April 24 ,2020, with limited exceptions for meal preparation and distribution, continuity of distant learning opportunities, and any other necessary functions as determined by the local school superintendent," Kemp's Executive Order stated.

"Schools will be closed through April 24, 2020, as ordered by Governor Kemp today. Closure will be reassessed by the system on April 22, 2020. However, parents should plan for an extended closure," Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey stated at 1 p.m. today. "We will continue to provide distance learning and the nutrition plan currently in place during the school closure with the (following) exception: Spring Break is April 6-10 and services will not be provided including nutrition during this period.We will resume instructional programs and meals after spring break on April 13, 2020."

Additionally, "Post secondary schools shall remain closed for in-person instruction with limited exceptions for the rest of the semester," Kemp's order mandated.

"It was not an unexpected order," Dorsey told ConnectLocal this afternoon. "We will continue to do our best to take care of our students and staff during these extraordinary times. I look forward to getting our students back into our schools. I’m sure most would agree. "


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