Full list of school closings due to COVID-19 threat
Note: Middle Georgia college and university updates are located at the bottom of the page.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – (UPDATE Monday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m.) – Georgia governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order Monday, closing all public schools effective Wednesday, March 18 through Tuesday, March 31.)
- At a Baldwin County School District board meeting Monday, the Baldwin County Board of Education unanimously approved a recommendation from Superintendent Dr. Noris Price to close all schools beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. The school closure will be for three weeks beginning Tuesday, March 17th and will last through the spring break already scheduled to end on Sunday, April 5th.
- GMC Prep School moving all students to remote learning Tuesday, March 17-Friday, March 27.
- John Milledge Academy will close its campus at the end of the day on Monday, March 16. No after school care will be provided that day. Teachers will send students home with classroom supplies and materials Monday, March 16 in preparation for distance learning. All school events are suspended until further notice. The front gate of campus will be locked once the school is shut down. The plan is to resume normal activities on a sanitized campus April 6.
- Academy for Classical Education will be open Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. School will be closed Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20 with no after-school program on those days. Teachers will post work to be done during those three days (Parents: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received instruction on online learning). No after-school program March 18-20. Spring break is March 23-27. School is planned to resume as normal Monday, March 30.
- The Bibb County School District will close schools indefinitely AFTER Monday, March 16, according to an e-mail from district spokesperson Stephanie Hartley. “In the interim, students and teachers will be expected to participate in eLearning,” Hartley wrote. “Students and staff should still plan to come to school today (Monday) in order to prepare for and receive instructions and assignments. Information will be sent home with students today about the eLearning process to help assist parents as much as possible. An automated call will go out to parents later this morning with more details.”
- Central Fellowship Christian Academy will close indefinitely starting Tuesday, March 17. “Teachers will be notified by the administration regarding limited work hours for this week in order to begin the distance learning process,” CFCA school board chairman Shane Gottwalls said in an e-mail to 41NBC Monday, March 16. “Student families will receive instructions very soon.”
- Cirrus Academy said in a Sunday, March 15 e-mail to 41NBC that it will transition to eLearning (online learning) starting Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27 following a vote by the Academy’s Board of Governance and the CEO/Superintendent, Dr. Gail Morris Fowler. The following week, March 30 – April 4, is spring break and all faculty, staff and students are scheduled to return Monday, April 6.
- Covenant Academy students will attend school as normal Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, according to a letter from Head of School Joanna Ezell, which says teachers will work with students on those days to prepare for remote learning. Remote learning days will be in effect Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27. The district is planning for students to return to school on April 6, following spring break. The school’s Fun Run/Color Run will take place on Tuesday, March 17, instead of Thursday, March 19. All sporting events, practices and all other extra-curricular school activities or events are suspended for the month of March.
- Mount de Sales Academy is suspending classes starting Tuesday, March 17 instead of the original plan of Wednesday, March 18, according to a school Facebook post. Teachers and staff will report to school on Tuesday to prepare for the online pearning process. Distance learning for students will start Wednesday, March 18.
- Stratford Academy is suspending all operations starting Wednesday, March 18. Students will report for a half day on Monday, March 16. Staff will report on Tuesday, March 17 with no students to continue preparing the online learning system.
- Tattnall Square Academy plans to use Monday, March 16 as teacher in-service to “allow faculty and staff time to continue to prep for distance learning to ensure the continuity of our curriculum if students and teachers are not on campus in the near future.” School is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, March 17.
- Windsor Academy Headmaster Jimmy Watts said in a Sunday, March 15 letter to parents, teachers and students that school will be open for students Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. Wednesday will be a teacher workday and “we will determine work hours for the remainder of the week at that time.” After School Care will be held Monday and Tuesday as normal but campus will be closed to all non-essential personnel after school on Tuesday. Practices will be suspended for the immediate future. All field trips planned for the rest of the school year are canceled.
- A Bleckley County School District release, sent Sunday, March 15, says schools will close effective Tuesday, March 17 with students being out through spring break and returning on Monday, April 13. Schools are already closed Monday, March 16 for a previously scheduled student holiday. The district plans to begin its emergency feeding program on Wednesday, March 18 and will present the locations by Tuesday night on the district’s website bleckleyschools.org.
- Crawford County School District said in a Sunday, March 15 Facebook post its schools will be open Monday, March 16. Schools will be closed Tuesday, March 17 until after spring break. Spring break is Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10. “If you do not feel comfortable sending your children on Monday, March 16 they will not be counted absent,” the post said. “This should allow parents an extra day to find daycare. We will update the school status through social media, call-outs, Class Dojo, etc.”
- Dodge County School District Superintendent Rex Hodges said in a Monday, March 16 letter that all schools will close indefinitely effective, Tuesday, March 17. “This closure will apply to all school-related events, practices, competitions and activities,” Hodges wrote. The district plans to start its emergency feeding program Wednesday, March 18. More information: dodge.k12.ga.us.
- Dooly County School District schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.
- Hancock County School District schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20.
- John Hancock Academy will be open Monday, March 16 for students to gather books and work packets. School will be closed for the remainder of the week. Those four days will be considered alternate learning days and students will complete work to be graded. Parents can pick up packets at the school on Monday if students will be absent Monday. School will also be closed March 23-29 for previously scheduled spring break.
- The Houston County School District said in a Sunday, March 15 news release that all Houston County schools will be closed as of Monday, March 16. The district will be closed county-wide for all students and staff until further notice, except for key and essential personnel, who will be contacted by their supervisor. A list of online learning resources will be posted to the district’s website by the end of the week. For these resources, please visit www.hcbe.net. Here’s an outline of the district’s meal plan, which will be offered to students during the closure at no charge (starting Tuesday, March 17):
1) Meals may be picked up from four schools: Huntington Middle, Matt Arthur Elementary, Northside High, and Tucker Elementary.
2) Meals at these four schools may be picked up between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
3) For safety and convenience, meals will be provided through a curbside delivery method to those who drive through the car rider lane at the school. No one will need to exit their vehicle.
4) Each child in the vehicle will be allowed two meals for both breakfast and lunch. Thus, a total of four meals may be given to all children in the vehicle who are 18 years of age and under.
5) In addition, the district will deliver food one time per weekday, using the existing summer feeding routes.
6) A breakfast and lunch will be given to any child who comes to the van delivery stops.
- The Westfield School will hold classes Monday, March 16 and March 17 during normal hours, according to a Sunday, March 15 post on the school’s Facebook page, which says parents should keep their children at home if they don’t want to send them to school on Monday or Tuesday. “Absences for these two days will not count for Upper School students regarding exam exemptions, and students in all grades will be given the opportunity to make up any missed work,” the post said. Westfield will transition to virtual learning starting Wednesday, March 18 and students will not report to school again until April 6, but that date “could possibly change.”
- Jasper County Charter System Superintendent Charles K. Garland said in a Sunday, March 15 Facebook post that Monday, March 16, will be a teacher workday and all employees will report at normal times. Schools will be closed for students Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20 and the district’s distance learning platform will be activated. All after school events including athletic games and practices are canceled. Student meals will be provided with the goal of distribution starting Tuesday. Stay tuned to the district’s social media pages for updates.
- Johnson County School District Superintendent Eddie Morris said in a Monday, March 16 district letter/Facebook post that schools will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17. “As of today, we will return on the Monday after Spring Break,” Morris said. Key notes/dates from Morris:
1) Schools Closed: March 17-April 10 (Tentatively return on Monday, April 13)
2) All activities during this time are canceled.
3) Medicine pickup Tuesday, March 17 11:00-1:00 Elementary Office (Mrs. Cathy) and Middle/High Media Center (Mrs. Brantley)
4) School Food Service: PLEASE check back later today (Monday, March 16) for more information on meals that will be available for students. We are actively finalizing details to include possible curb-side pickup at the schools along other options.
5) Online Learning: Teachers will communicate to students Monday, March 16 ways in which they can continue learning. These opportunities will include ways in which our students are already familiar with on a daily basis. For those that may not have access to the internet, packets will be made available. Teachers will communicate with students set times during the days that they will be available to answer questions, etc. to help students.
- Jones County School District schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20.
- Dublin City School District said in a Sunday, March 15 Facebook post that schools will close Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27. The district plans to provide a distance learning experience using both Google Classroom and its new Irish Digital Academy to ensure student instruction continues during the school closure. “The district plans to begin its emergency feeding program on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and will present the exact locations of food pickup and deliveries Tuesday, March 17, 2020 evening via the district website: www.dcs.irish,” the post said. “Food will be provided Monday, Wednesday and Friday weekly until classes resume. In order to adhere to Georgia food safety regulations, meals will likely consist of cold and shelf-stable items.”
- Laurens County School District schools will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27, according to a district release sent Monday afternoon. “We will re-evaluate the situation on Friday, March 27 and every Friday thereafter if needed,” the release said. “We are not required to make these days up.” All extracurricular activities, including practices, competitions and field trips will be postponed. Teachers will provide online learning “mainly through Google Classroom.” Meal service will be provided at the schools from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, March 17. There will also be community pick-up spot to be named soon.
- Macon County School District schools will close starting Tuesday, March 17. Students will receive instructional packets on Monday, March 16 and work will be posted online for those who have access to a computer. Packets will be provided for those who do not have access to a computer.
- Monroe County School District schools will be closed to students starting Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, but students will be able to work from home.
- Peach County School District schools will close “until further notice,” effective Tuesday, March 17, according to a district Facebook post. Students will receive instructional packets to take home on Monday, March 16. Resources will also be posted on the district and school websites starting Tuesday, March 17. Meals for students 18 and under will be available for pick-up Tuesday, March 17 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. “until further notice.” Pick-up sites: Byron Middle School and Peach County High School.
- Pulaski County School District schools will be closed the week of March 16-20, according to a Sunday, March 15 post on the district’s Facebook page. “The district will continuously evaluate the COVID-19 situation over the coming days,” the post said. “Decisions regarding further closure if necessary will be communicated to students and parents on Thursday, March 19.” The district will publish logistics for student meal pickup and deliveries on Monday, March 16. Information will be shared via the school app, the district website, and Facebook pages.
- Taylor County School District schools will close to students Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. Staff is asked to report on Monday, March 16.
- Telfair County School District schools will close Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27 according to a district release. Parents and students should check the school websites and social media pages after 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16 for further directions on assignments during the closure. Information concerning school meals during the closure will be on the school websites and social media pages by that time. Prom is postponed to Saturday, May 2.
- Treutlen County School District said in a Monday, March 16 Facebook post that the district will close for two weeks (for all students and staff) starting Tuesday, March 17 and going through Friday, March 27. Staff workday scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 is canceled. “We do not want to unnecessarily put our community at risk or create anxiety as our state and community face the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus,” the post said. “We will make additional decisions as more information becomes available.”
- The Twiggs County School District has not made an announcement regarding school closure.
- Thomaston-Upson County School District schools will be closed through Friday, March 20. The district said in a release that it will “make every effort to continue to provide our students with quality educational opportunities” and “the school nutrition staff will provide meals for students with needs; our custodial staff will clean and disinfect our facilities; our bus drivers will clean and disinfect all buses; and our district staff will continue to provide essential services for faculty, staff, and students, as needed.
- Brentwood School in Sandersville is closed through Friday, April 10.
- Washington County School District schools are closed through Tuesday, March 17.
- The Wheeler County School District says its schools will remain open March 16-20.
- The Wilcox County School District said in a Monday, March 16 Facebook post that all schools will close beginning Tuesday, March 17. All school-related activities are suspended starting Tuesday, March 17. All activities scheduled for Monday, March 16 “can continue as normal.”
- A notice on the Wilkinson County School District website reads: “The Wilkinson County School District will resume a regular schedule on Monday, March 16th. All staff will report on Tuesday and Wednesday. The situation will be re-assessed on Friday, March 20th. At that time, an update will be given and plans for the following week will be released.” All athletic competitions, field trips, school events and board-approved events (except sports practices) are canceled until further notice.
College and university closures:
- Central Georgia Technical College will transition “almost all” instruction to online or distance education format through March 27.
- Fort Valley State University has suspended all instruction and student activities through Sunday, March 29.
- Georgia College and State University has suspended all classes and student activities Sunday, through March 29.
- Georgia Military College closing campuses to students through Sunday, March 29. Students will transfer to online learning starting Monday, March 16.
- Mercer University classes are suspended effective immediately until Monday, March 23. Beginning March 23, all instruction will be delivered online until Friday, April 3.
- Middle Georgia State University has suspended all classes and student activities Sunday, through March 29th.
- Oconee Fall Line Technical College campuses are closed through Friday, March 27th.
- Wesleyan College will extend its spring break through Sunday, March 22.