Education: Early look at what Kemp’s decision to postpone reopening of public schools means to Floyd County, Rome districts. GNTC to stay online throughout semester.

Education: Early look at what Kemp’s decision to postpone reopening of public schools means to Floyd County, Rome districts. GNTC to stay online throughout semester.

Gov. Brian P. Kemp issued Executive Order closing public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction through April 24. Students may return to school on Monday, April 27..

“I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents, and parents for keeping us informed and helping us make the right decision for our students,” said Kemp. “Throughout this process, we will continue to seek the advice of public health officials, school leaders, and families to ensure the health and safety of the educational community. As we approach April 24, 2020, we ask for continued patience and flexibility since circumstances may change, but we encourage families to stay strong and follow the guidance of federal, state, and local leaders in the weeks ahead.”

The University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia will remain closed for in-person instruction through the rest of the semester since students have already transitioned to all online learning.

Floyd County Schools: Will remain closed through April 24 with classes resuming on April 27. Teachers will make contact with students in order to continue instructional activities through April 24.

  • No assignments will be given the week of spring break. As we gain additional information from state and local officials, we will reassess and determine if additional time is needed beyond this date.
  • Additionally, all field trips scheduled for the remainder of the school year will be canceled. Details on refunds will be made available to families as soon as they are determined.
  • School-sponsored events will be postponed or canceled for the duration of the closures. As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.

Rome City Schools: Gov. Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order extending the closure of schools for in-school instruction through April 24Rome City Schools will continue to support all students and families during this time of extended school closures, and we appreciate students’ and parents’ hard work and assistance. In an effort to maintain an instructional focus for students, the following guidance is being provided to RCS students and parents: 

  • Beginning April 6, meal provision will return to the schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-noon at all schools.
  • On April 6, parents of all K-2nd students can pick up new flexible learning packets and supply kits at their individual schools during the hours of 10 a.m.-12 p.m. These packets should be completed by April 24.
  • Beginning April 6, students in grades 3-12 will continue to receive assignments from their teachers through digital platforms such as Google Classroom. Assignments will be given to students Monday-Thursday each week.  Please contact the teacher or principal if you do not have access to the internet. 
  • All RCS teachers will be sending links to videos or hosting live sessions to check in with students at least once a week.
  • Students’ grades will only be positively affected by the work done at home during this time.  This does not include Dual Enrollment students (at RHS or at colleges).  These students should remain in contact with their professors or Ms. Toombs ( for any updates to requirements.

Any events/activities that were scheduled to occur between now and April 24 have been cancelled or postponed.  Please note that we understand the importance of end of the year activities such as awards ceremonies, concerts, prom, graduation, etc.  We are reviewing all possible contingencies to see what we can accomplish.  We want to do what we can to help make them a reality.  However, the health and well-being of our students, staff, faculty, and community must take priority in these extraordinary times.  While we may face some disappointments, we must continue to be safe.  

Georgia Northwestern Technical College won’t resume face-to-face instruction this semester. “In accordance with Governor Kemp’s Executive Order, GNTC will remain closed for in-person instruction with limited exceptions through the Spring 2020 semester. In lieu of in-person instruction, GNTC has moved to online learning for the remainder of Spring semester.

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