In a move affecting nearly 2 million children and their parents, Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday ordered the state’s public schools to remain closed through April 24 in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kemp’s order gives K-12 schools the power to reopen on April 27, but he could extend that if the pandemic crisis worsens.
“I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents, and parents for keeping us informed and helping us make the right decision for our students,” says Kemp. “Throughout this process, we will continue to seek the advice of public health officials, school leaders, and families to ensure the health and safety of the educational community.”
When issuing the order, Kemp asked Georgians for “continued patience and flexibility” since circumstances may change. He encouraged Georgia families to “stay strong and follow the guidance of federal, state, and local leaders in the weeks ahead.”
The University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia will remain closed for in-person instruction through the rest of the semester since students have already transitioned to all online learning.