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School’s out for summer


  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • Apr. 02, 2020 - 12:02 PM

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School’s out for summer

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Superintendent Steve Barker, shown at a meeting of the Coweta County Board of Education earlier this year, said students will not be negatively impacted for circumstances beyond their control.

As a result of an executive order issued Wednesday by Gov. Brian Kemp, all public schools in Georgia will be closed for face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the school year amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coweta County School System officials are working on next steps for completion of the school year, including determination of final student grades and promotion to the next grade level for students.

Graduation-related matters for the Class of 2020 will be decided and communicated to students and parents. Information will be available by mid-April, following the already scheduled spring break April 6-10.

“The school system has provided digital learning activities for students throughout our closure, and will continue to do so following spring break,” Superintendent Steve Barker said.

“As I have stated previously, students will not be negatively impacted for circumstances beyond their control,” he added. “Therefore, our digital learning activities will not be utilized in a way that would be punitive for students. We remain committed to the success of each student and will work with our families throughout this process.”

Barker said school officials, principals and teachers will work to communicate grade-related information in the coming weeks and acknowledged the unusual circumstances faced by the senior class.

“I would like to express my appreciation to the Class of 2020 and their family members for their resilience during this difficult event,” Barker said. “I know that there are many milestones and end-of-year activities that are being negatively impacted. We will do our best to find unique ways to celebrate your accomplishments during these unprecedented times.”

All Coweta County Schools will remain closed for students and staff. All scheduled school activities – including extracurricular activities, sports, practices and trips – also are canceled. Parents and students may receive additional information regarding opportunities for online or alternate recognition events in coming weeks.

Principals and teachers will continue to communicate with students regarding digital learning activities for students. Parents who have a question should email their school’s principal for assistance.