Georgia schools to remain closed as businesses begin reopening

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp makes remarks during a press conference at Liberty Plaza, across the street from the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta, Monday, April 20, 2020. During the presser, Gov. Kemp revealed that he planned to allow some small business owners to open back up by the end of the week. Other business would open up the following Monday. However, Georgia private and public K-12 schools, colleges and universities would remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. (ALYSSA POINTER / ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp makes remarks during a press conference at Liberty Plaza, across the street from the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta, Monday, April 20, 2020. During the presser, Gov. Kemp revealed that he planned to allow some small business owners to open back up by the end of the week. Other business would open up the following Monday. However, Georgia private and public K-12 schools, colleges and universities would remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. (ALYSSA POINTER / ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Georgia schools will remain closed after businesses, places of worship and other public spaces open on a limited basis Monday.

Gov. Brian Kemp said he will relax some of the rules he put in place to halt the spread of the coronavirus, but schools will continue under their existing closure order “for the remainder of this year.”

He said he consulted with many educational leaders who told him it would “take too much to try to ramp back up” and get everyone reorganized and acclimated to in-person classrooms.

At this point, he said, school leaders would rather focus on distance learning and “just own that” and do their best while preparing for resumption of classes in the fall.

The governor did not specifically address summer school, during his announcement Monday about his plans for cautiously re-opening the state's economy.

Some Georgia schools have announced they are quitting this spring semester early, ending a week or more ahead of their previously-planned summer breaks.


>>The coronavirus has forced parents to become teachers while they do their own day jobs. What are your plans if social distancing mandates continue until fall, and there are no summer school activities or camps for your child? Tell us about it at CoronavirusEducation@ajc.com

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