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Georgia closes all K through 12 public schools until March 31

Posted: 6:59 PM, Mar 16, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-16 18:59:46-04
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GEORGIA (WTXL) — Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed Executive Order 3.16.20.01 on Monday, which closes all public primary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020.

The declaration was made In accordance with the newly issued federal guidance.

"To keep our students, teachers, and administrators safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I am ordering the closure of all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020," said Governor Kemp. "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."

Kemp declared a public health emergency on Friday, March 14.