On Monday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order closing all public schools in Georgia. According to the order, all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools in Georgia must close between March 18-31.
“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,” Kemp said in a release. “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.”
Most school districts in Georgia had announced closing for at least this week, but many had already opted to close for two weeks. Most public schools and universities in Georgia had already announced they were temporarily closing or moving classes online.
More than 120 Georgians have tested positive for COVID-19.