March 30, 2020

Heard County Schools to close Monday amid coronavirus concerns

(Franklin, GA) — Following Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s statewide press conference and after reviewing the information provided by state health agencies, the Heard County School System will close all schools beginning Monday for a minimum two-week period.

The decision was made late Thursday by the Board of Education during a special called meeting.

Heard County Superintendent Rodney Kay issued the following statement after the meeting:

Good evening Brave Nation,

We are coming to you this evening with mixed emotions as we face uncertain times in our community.

We listened to Governor Kemp’s message today and we whole-heartedly agree with the Governor when he says that the best way to prevent the spreading of the COVID-19 Virus will be for us to cancel all school-related activities for the next two weeks, beginning Monday, March 16th and continuing all the way through Friday, March 27th.

WE WILL HAVE SCHOOL AS SCHEDULED TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MARCH 13TH.

Having school tomorrow will give teachers the opportunity to hand out anything children will need over the two-week closure.

During the two week period, we plan to send home Chromebooks with all students Grades 2 – 12.

Given the nature of the emergency, we will be waiving the signing of insurance paperwork for Chromebooks. Students will be expected to return with the devices the day we resume normal school operations.

We fully understand the disruption school closings cause for Heard County families and we appreciate your support as we try to balance the learning needs of your children with their safety needs as well.

Respectfully,

Rodney Kay

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