Gov. Kemp extends school closures through April 24

Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at Fayette Chamber event. Photo/Ron Kupferberg-ARKAY Studios.
Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at Fayette Chamber event in 2019. Photo/Ron Kupferberg-ARKAY Studios.

Fayette County School System’s Covid-19 Task Force reports to employees and the public in video— 

Gov. Brian P. Kemp on Thursday announced that all public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction will be closed through April 24. Students may 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,” said Gov. Kemp.”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, 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.”

The University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia will remain closed for in-person instruction through the rest of the semester since students have already transitioned to all online learning.

Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow and the system’s Covid-19 Task Force have produced a second video (above) to report to the system’s employees and to the public.

Meanwhile, learning opportunities are available through Georgia Home Classroom, according to the Fayette County School System

Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to Georgia’s state standards to provide continued at-home learning.

Students in Pre-K through 12th grade can now access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays on GPB-TV. The broadcast schedule will include trusted, educational programming. Additional GPB and PBS programs are also available to stream on or the free PBS Video App and PBS KIDS Apps.

In addition to the broadcast schedule, Georgia students and educators can also access an online library of free educational resources from GPB Education, PBS LearningMedia, and Discovery Education, including videos, activities, and associated lesson plans for teachers, that align with Georgia standards. Pre-K through 5th grade resources are now available and we will be adding 6-12 resources in the coming days.



  1. Really? Couldn’t just add a week and then re-evaluate? Are we getting a refund on our taxes for doing the school’s job?

    Did anybody see that the UK revised their predicted deaths down from 500K too under 20K – Less than the flu death total in the UK of 27K.