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BREAKING NEWS: Governor Kemp Mandates Closure of Public Elementary, Secondary, Post-Secondary Schools from March 18 to March 31

ATLANTA - In accordance with newly issued federal guidance, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order closing all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020.

"To keep our students, teachers, and administrators safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I am ordering the closure of all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020," said Governor Kemp. "This measure is critical to reducing local transmission in communities across our state, and I ask Georgians to continue to follow best practices - washing their hands regularly, isolating the elderly and chronically ill, and avoiding large events if possible - in the days and weeks ahead."

Click here to download and read not only this Executive Order but all of the Executive Orders that have been signed since the beginning of the year.

The Pike County School District website has a notification that pops up for parents and guardians tonight that says, "Important Message. Dear Parents/Guardians: The school district will close March 16 through March 20 for students and staff. The District is working on an instructional continuity plan. More information regarding academic assignments will be forthcoming. All extra-curricular activities are discontinued until further notice. We will be providing updates to you as conditions change.

Pike County Times spoke with Pike County School Superintendent, Michael Duncan, after seeing the email from the Governor's Office mandating school closures. The following is the quote that he gave:

"We are going to continue our efforts to provide food for needy students and learning activities for all levels. The outpouring of support and offers to help have been overwhelming," said Dr. Duncan. "Once again, in times of need, Pirate Nation shows up!"

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