Following Gov. Brian Kemp's order on Monday to close all of the state's public schools, Bryan County officials confirmed school will be closed for students from March 18-April 13.
In accordance with newly issued federal guidance, Kemp signed Executive Order 3.16.20.01 closing all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools in Georgia from March 18 to March 31.
Kemp said, "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."
"The ending date of closure for Bryan County Schools is a result of our pre-scheduled spring break from April 6 – 10," school officials said on their Facebook page. "We will not require students to return to school from April 1 – 3, only to be dismissed for spring break on April 6 – 10. Dismissal and return dates for staff will be communicated directly to staff at a later time/date. This could all change based on the impacts of COVID-19.
"Considering this lengthy school system closure and in an effort to limit disruption and reduce loss of instruction, we will move to a digital learning environment. This will reduce our need to institute make-up days and help us maintain some sense of normalcy with our school calendar.
"Detailed information from your student(s)’ school(s) will be sent to you that addresses the digital learning process and expectations for completing assignments. Some of our schools may be able to assist through lending a Chromebook or other electronic device to support digital learning at home. If so, that information will be included in their communication. Also, schools will work with you through Friday to pick up essential medications from the school clinic.
"Beginning Monday, March 23, Bryan County Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch to families that are part of our free meals program. We look forward to providing a “meals on wheels” service where we will deliver breakfast and lunch via school bus. Additional information regarding this process will be sent to families that might be impacted by this free meals program.
"Once again, we appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work together to navigate these unprecedented waters. Please continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with local, regional and national health agencies regarding COVID-19. Thank you again for your commitment to your families, Bryan County Schools, and the amazing community where we reside."