LIST: Schools closing due to COVID-19 concerns

LIST: Schools closing due to COVID-19 concerns
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(WTOC) - Several school systems in the WTOC viewing have decided to cancel or make changes to the upcoming school calendar due to COVID-19 concerns.

Governor Brian Kemp signed an Executive Order on Monday, March 16, closing all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to April 24, 2020. School systems have made individual decisions to expand that closure or not.

  • Appling County School System will close schools to all students and staff Monday, March 16, until April 24. Meals will be distributed on Mondays ONLY beginning on Monday, March 30. The buses will continue to deliver food to the designated mobile sites on Monday of each week from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Each student will receive 5 breakfast meals and 5 lunch meals for the week. Please note that meals will not be served during week of spring break (April 6-10).
    • Altamaha Elementary School
    • Baxley City Gym / Old Junior High
    • Fourth District Elementary School
    • Graham Community Center
    • Parker’s Convenience Store-Surrency
  • Bacon County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through April 24.
  • Brantley County School System will be closed to students from Tuesday, March 17th to April 24. At that point and time, the district will update families as to school closure recommendations from the Governor’s Office, CDC, and Department of Health. Spring Break for Brantley County Schools is still April 6th-10th.
  • Bryan County Schools will have closures beginning on Thursday, March 19 until at least April 24. March 17 is a pre-scheduled school holiday and April 6 – 10 is Spring Break. They will move to a digital learning environment to help reduce the need to institute make-up days. Beginning Monday, March 23, Bryan County Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch to families that are part of our free meals program.
    • The school system released the following, “In order to finalize preparations for this digital learning environment, our staff will be working with students on Wednesday, March 18 to prepare them for this alternative form of instruction. Detailed information from your student(s)’ school(s) will be sent to you that addresses the digital learning process and expectations for completing assignments. If you feel the need to keep your child home on Wednesday, March 18, this will be considered an excused absence."
  • Bulloch County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through April 24.
  • Candler County Schools will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 until at least April 24. During this time, the school system will be providing digital learning for all students. They will also be providing meals for community members of school age for the duration beginning March 18.
  • Effingham County Schools will close on Wednesday, March 18th through April 24. All after-school activities will be canceled starting Monday. Teachers will send home various activities for students, and plans are being made to provide meals for students. They will reevaluate the closure on a weekly basis.
    • Starting Wednesday, March 18, they will be sending out 10 buses with food to rural parts of county to help feed students similar to their summer program. More information will be available on their Facebook.
  • Emanuel County Schools has announced that they will close starting March 17th and last through April 24.
  • Evans County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 24. All school and extra-curricular activities will be suspended during this time.
    • The school system is working to create feeding sites so meals can continue for students: Lacasa, Hagan Park, Daisy Fire Station, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Canoochee Properties, Rolling Oaks II, Claxton Elementary School, Cleo Griffin Center @ Nancy Hendrix Homes
  • Fort Stewart community schools is closed until further notice as of March 16.
  • Glynn County Public Schools will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17 and will remain closed until April 24.
  • Jeff Davis County Schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16 until April 24. Starting Saturday, March 14, all extra-curricular activities, field trips, and school functions will be canceled. The district will reevaluate the status of these activities again on Friday, March 20.
  • Liberty County Schools will be closed to staff and students from March 17 to April 24 in accordance with Governor Kemp’s executive order. The school system has canceled the previously planned holiday on Tuesday, March 17, so faculty and staff can implement the digital learning plan with students.
  • Long County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through April 24.
  • McIntosh County Schools will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17th until April 24.
  • Memorial Day School has gone to Google Classroom and will reopen at a date to be determined. Memorial Day Childcare Center will be closed beginning Monday, March 23 and will reopen at a date to be determined.
  • Montgomery County Schools will close on Tuesday, March 17th through April 24. Read more about their preparations for students here.
  • Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will be closed from March 18 to April 24 in accordance with Governor Kemp’s executive order.
  • Screven County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through April 24.
  • Savannah Classical Academy will transition to an all-online distance learning format after Spring Break. Students will complete the semester’s curriculum online.
  • Tattnall County School System will be closed from Monday, March 16 to April 24 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Toombs County School System will be closed for two weeks beginning on Monday, March 16 through April 24. Effective Monday, March 16th, all other school activities are suspended for one week. They will make the decision on restarting extracurricular activities by the end of next week.
  • Urban Christian Academy and Daycare closed until April 24.
  • Vidalia City Schools will be closed through April 24. They say further will be posted on the school system site. Extracurricular activities will also shut down for two weeks. There will also be no sports practice.
  • Wayne County Schools will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through April 24. Faculty and staff members will also not report to work during this time.

College and technical school closures:

  • Ogeechee Technical College will extend Spring Break through March 27. Following, they will move all classes online March 30 - April 10. Effective March 17, the college will be closed to students, the public, and nonessential personnel until further notice.
  • Savannah College of Art and Design will hold all classes online for the Spring 2020 quarter due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
  • Savannah Technical College has made the decision to extend Spring Break until March 28, 2020, and to close all campuses and suspend activities for the next two weeks. Beginning March 30, Savannah Technical College anticipates moving all classes online.
  • Technical College of the Lowcountry is closing all campuses through Tuesday, March 31. Employees are advised to consult with your supervisor for details. All classes – credit, continuing education, in-person and online – are canceled during this time. Summer and fall registration is postponed to April 1. If you have any questions, please email admissions@tcl.edu or call 843-525-8207.
  • The University System of Georgia is moving all classes online for the remainder of the semester. This includes Georgia Southern University, Savannah State University, East Georgia State College, and College of Coastal Georgia.

South Carolina

  • Beaufort County schools will expand their meal distribution system to students during the shutdown of the school district. The school district is offering free breakfasts and lunches on weekdays to all students at 12 curbside pick-up locations across the county, and also at stops along special school bus routes that will operate during the district school shutdown. Each stop for meal drop-offs will last for about 20 minutes. For a look at locations and routes, go here.

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