Governor Brian Kemp said Wednesday that public K-12 schools will not re-open this school year.

“Georgia will need more time to prepare for hospital surge capacity. We have got to be more aggressive,” Kemp said. “At the recommendation of Dr. Toomey, I will sign an order closing K-12 schools for the rest of the school year,” Kemp said in a press conference Wednesday.

Kemp also said a shelter in place order will be signed to take effect Friday, April 3, 2020 and remain in effect through through April 13 unless otherwise extended. He is expected to sign the order on Thursday.

The governor says online learning will continue even as schools are closed for the year.

This story is developing.


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Jessica Szilagyi
Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."


  1. How will seniors have their prom and graduation? How do we know if our kids have passed? Will they have to redo the school year?


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