On Monday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, in accordance with newly issued federal guidance, ordered all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools in Georgia to be close from March 18 to March 31 in an effort to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
“To keep our students, teachers, and administrators safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I am ordering the closure of all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020,” said Governor Kemp. “This measure is critical to reducing local transmission in communities across our state, and I ask Georgians to continue to follow best practices – washing their hands regularly, isolating the elderly and chronically ill, and avoiding large events if possible – in the days and weeks ahead.”
The Seminole County School System was notified last week that a school employee exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. This employee was possibly exposed to the virus in a physician’s office in another state. Testing is still in progress, and as of press time on Wednesday, March 18, this person had not tested positive for the virus.
After learning last week of the possibility of a locally infected person, the school system called parents and guardians of all students who were in contact with this employee, and continues to follow the protocol recommended by the Georgia Department of Health while waiting for the test results. “We are in close communication with public health officials and the Georgia Department of Education, and we will share updated information as it becomes available,” commented Seminole County School Superintendent Mark Earnest.
In an effort to implement proactive measures to minimize risk to students, employees, and families, school authorities closed all schools and suspended all extra-curricular activities through March 27. At that time, school was scheduled to resume on Monday, March 30th.
Once the Governor made the announcement that schools would be closed through March 31, the Seminole County Board of Education decided, instead of reopening school on April 1 only to close three days later for the already scheduled Spring Break, the school system would resume operations on April 13, unless otherwise directed by the Governor.