ATLANTA — In an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order today, (Mar. 26) that mandates all public elementary and secondary schools remain closed for in-person instruction through April 24.
Kemp said Thursday that students may be able to return to school on Monday, April 27.
“I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents, and parents for keeping us informed and helping us make the right decision for our students,” Kemp said.
“Throughout this process, we will continue to seek the advice of public health officials, school leaders and families to ensure the health and safety of the educational community. As we approach April 24, 2020, we ask for continued patience and flexibility since circumstances may change, but we encourage families to stay strong and follow the guidance of federal, state and local leaders in the weeks ahead.”
As of Thursday, there were more than 1,500 COVID-19 cases reported in the state, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.