March 5, 2021

Superintendent Kay to HCHS Senior Class: “You’ve Done Enough”

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County students won’t get the chance to complete the current school year in a classroom setting.

“I will sign an executive order today closing K-12 public schools for the rest of the school year,” Gov. Brian Kemp said in a news conference Wednesday.

Gov. Kemp said the decision came after recommendations from numerous health experts.

Kemp thanked educators and superintendents that have stayed in touch with his office through this process and stressed that online learning will continue.

The governor had originally ordered all schools closed on March 16 through the end of that month. Then on March 26, he said schools would stay closed through April 24.

It was a fluid situation led him to the decision for teachers to continue educating students through online learning.

“We will continue to work with them (schools) on the path forward,” said Kemp.

While few details have been determined about the logistics and specifics of the end of the school year, Heard County Superintendent did share a very personal video message via social media Wednesday evening following the announcement.

Kay encouraged students and parents to take Friday off this week as faculty members continue to make online learning plans. (See full video below)

The superintendent was especially emotional as he shared a special message for the Heard High Senior Class of 2020 which includes his own daughter Morgan.

“I’d like to end by speaking to our seniors. We want to thank you for all of your dedication and commitment you’ve shown for our school system. You’ve displayed your talents for our community on countless occasions and we have been truly blessed by your class here in the Brave Nation,” said Kay.

“My heart breaks for the band members and choral performers, athletes, club members, artists, and Special Olympians along with many, many others who won’t get to leave that one final mark on our school system. But as superintendent can I tell you something? — You’ve done enough. Your mark will be forever on this community. While we would love to have had the grand finale of all performances to send you off properly — it’s not necessary. You’ve already blessed us all far more than we deserve and we will be forever grateful for the legacy that you are leaving with our school system.”

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