The University System of Georgia already has announced it will follow Kemp’s advice and suspend classes on all its campuses through March 29.
There are 181 school districts that now have to decide whether to shut down. Atlanta Public Schools already said it plans to close for the two weeks.
At least one rural district is going to try and remain open.
Allen B. Fort, superintendent of the Taliaferro County District, said, “Closing school is our very last option. We are going to hold out as long as we can concerning cancelling school. The board and I are meeting tonight to discuss this situation and lay out what we believe we need to do and what the community needs and expects of us.”
“This virus and its effects pretty much possess mine and I imagine every superintendent entire day as to what to do, how to do it and the ramifications thereof,” said Fort.
“We are doing a survey of our students as to whom has adequate Wi-Fi/broadband in order to be able to access any online teaching. All of our students have 1:1 technology that we can let them take home in order to continue our teaching and learning in case of a need to not have school,” said Fort. “Our teachers are also going to make up packets of work/materials/resources for the students to take home in case a student does not have WIFI access, and for teachers to continue to create work, if we are out several days. We will deliver it to them if needed. Yes, we are that small.”
This is a breaking story with more to come.