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Long County announces plan for school closure
Long County Board of Education Members
Long County School Board of Education members - photo by Denise Etheridge

School Open March 17th-20th
School Closed Beginning March 23rd

Date: March 14, 2020
Re: Long County School System Notification of Closure

To: Parents, Guardians, and Students

Georgia’s first reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have caused us all much concern and some confusion. At the time of this notification there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Long County or in our schools. School faculty and staff members have taken extra precautions to keep all of our students and staff as safe as possible. We have been working closely with state and local health officials in all of our decisions.

Based on the most recent information available to us, we will resume normal school routines on Tuesday, March 17, with students in attendance. Monday, March 16, is a previously-scheduled spring holiday. During our two-day spring holiday, crews are doing deep cleaning and sanitization of schools and buses. We will continue these efforts throughout each day next week. Our custodial staff is routinely cleaning high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops) with virus-killing products.

We have already begun to plan for some “distance learning” for students in the coming weeks. We will be sending home learning materials for all students.
Unless the situation changes rapidly in the next few days, our plan is to have normal school schedules next week (Tuesday, March 17-Friday, March 20) with the following exceptions:

• All athletic competitions and after school events are suspended until further notice.
• Athletes will be allowed to practice locally. Practice will be optional.
• All field trips are cancelled until further notice.
• We will delay enrollment of new students for a period of two weeks from the date they arrive in our district and are cleared by the school nurse.
• We will not allow visitors beyond the front office in our schools. We will temporarily discontinue allowing parents/visitors to eat breakfast and or lunch with students.
• Students and employees who are sick should remain home this week.
• Students and employees who traveled abroad or may have been in contact with large crowds are encouraged to self-quarantine for this week.
• Parents with concerns about student health and safety may elect to keep their student(s) at home for this week. All absences for the week of March 17-20 will be excused. Students are responsible for any make-up assignments.
• If your child does not attend school this week, please contact your child’s teacher or the school office to arrange for pickup of distance learning material.
• We will continue to stress the importance of proper hygiene practices at home and school. We will continue to keep our schools and buses cleaned.

Effective Monday, March 23, schools will be closed and we will enact our distance learning plan as follows:
• March 23-27 Distance Learning (Schools Closed)
• March 30-April 3 To Be Determined by March 27 (Distance Learning /Schools Closed or Normal School Schedule)
• April 6 – 10 Spring Break Holidays

This is a very fluid situation and we will adjust as needed to keep our students and staff safe. We highly recommend parents/guardians take the time now to prepare for the upcoming school closure. Please understand that closure may be extended as information unfolds.
As always, we appreciate your support as we strive to make student and staff health and safety a top priority. Please continue to monitor district and school websites as well social media for updates.

David Edwards
Long County School System


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