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Governor closes public school through April 24

Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order Thursday, closing all public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction through April 24.

According to a news release from the governor’s office, students can return to school on Monday, April 27.

“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,” Kemp said in the news release. “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. As we approach April 24, 2020, we ask for continued patience and flexibility since circumstances may change, but we encourage 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.

A statement from TCSS said the school system will continue providing meal distribution services at the designated school locations and various bus stops throughout the county.

Meal distribution services will occur as scheduled through April 3. The sites and locations can be found on troup.org.

“We will send out more information regarding food services for the extended closure in the coming days,” the statement said.

The school system said teachers will continue to provide online resources for students

“They are working remotely, and are available via email, to best support students and provide continuous learning opportunities,” the statement said.

Those resources continue to be available at troup.org.

“We will provide more information regarding additional resources as it becomes available,” the statement said. “Please visit our Facebook page for daily tips and updates”.