Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision Monday to close public schools though the end of the month will not affect Hall County’s plan to conduct school from home, the school district said Tuesday morning.
Also Tuesday, Lakeview Academy in Gainesville said it would continue "remote school" through at least April 3.
The county district said it would continue to provide instruction through its online learning management system and other digital learning platforms.
“Years of planning, trial and error testing, inclement weather days and ‘high school from home days,’ have prepared us well for a situation of this proportion,” the district said in a news release.
Parents and guardians are being asked to remind students that school is still in session. Teachers are planning and providing lessons daily.
“There are assignments to be completed,” the release said. “Yes, our campuses are closed, but during these challenging times, it is critical that learning continues.”
Students and parents with questions about lessons or assignments should reach out to teachers through email.
The district now has a technical support system in place for students who experience challenges with district owned electronic devices. Parents or students should call 770-534-6313 or visit https://www.hallco.org/web/dld/ if they are experiencing technical difficulties. Support will be given in both English and Spanish.
Kemp issued an executive order on Monday to close all public schools, colleges and universities through at least the end of March in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Shortly later, the University System of Georgia, the governing body of the state’s 26 institutions, announced it would transition to online learning through the end of the spring semester.
Georgia has 146 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as of noon today, the latest numbers available from the Georgia Department of Public Health.