Citing coronavirus, DeKalb Schools going online ‘until further notice’

The DeKalb County School District is closing schools Monday “until further notice,” citing concerns with the continued spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

The district said in a statement is it taking the advice of Gov. Brian Kemp, who said earlier today that schools should consider closing for two weeks to help combat the illness’ spread.

All district-sponsored events, including athletics and other extracurricular activities, also are cancelled until further notice.

Students already were out Friday for a teacher planning day. That will now be used to finalize digital learning day plans.

Programs and partnerships in recent years have afforded students handheld devices, laptops as well as wireless hotspots to use at home.

A district spokeswoman said offering meals and healthcare services are being explored.