Gov. Kemp orders all public schools in Georgia to remain closed through April 24

This extends the school closings due to coronavirus by several weeks.

ATLANTA — All public schools in Georgia will remain closed through at least April 24.

Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order Thursday afternoon.

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“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,” said Governor 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. 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.”

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Georgia State Sen. Jen Jordan said Kemp will make a decision on the remainder of the school year in the next few weeks.

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.

Kemp spoke to Channel 2 Action News this week about the decision to keep schools closed.

“We’re in communication with them to try and pick the best path forward that will be good and the least disruptive for everybody,” Kemp said.

The state is talking with people around Georgia to see the best way to continue the rest of the school year.