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List of School Systems Closed for In-Person Learning in South Georgia Grows

Two more school districts have shuttered their buildings amid the increase in COVID-19 cases around the state. Both Jenkins and Warren County schools announced there will be no in-person classes through Labor Day.

Jenkins County will close through September 7 with students set to return on September 9, at which time students will attend school two days per week. Students with names starting with A through K will attend school on Mondays and Tuesdays, while the rest of the students will attend on Thursdays and Fridays. Schools will be closed Wednesday for cleaning. This schedule will remain in place until after fall break in the first week in October. 

Warren County is also closed through September 7, but due to the lacking WiFi and connectivity issues, no virtual option is available and parents must pick up packets for students on a weekly basis. 

Previously Announced Closures

Ben Hill County — Schools shuttered after 84 of the system’s 3,108 students and 18 of the 533 employees tested positive.

Burke County — (A mandatory mask policy was in place prior to closure)

Glascock County — The school system reports that 14 students tested positive in week one, 15 tested positive in week two, and 13 tested positive in week three, which prompted the closure. School doors will not open until at least Tuesday, September 7, at which tim they will attend school two days per week and do one day of virtual learning. 

Long County —  Virtual learning through at least September 1 after 1.5% of the 4,239 students tested positive (64 students) and 20 employees tested positive. (A mandatory mask policy was in place prior to closure)

McDuffie County — Thomson-McDuffie Middle School will be closed through Aug. 29.

Screven County — Virtual learning through at least September 7 after 15 students tested positive at the elementary school, 24 at the middle school, and 28 at the high school. 

Ware County — 76 of the system’s 5,905 students tested positive prompting the school system to close until Labor Day.

Hybrid-Staggered Schools

Emanuel County schools have gone to an A/B schedule. Through at least September 10, students with last names A-K will attend school Mondays and Tuesdays, L-Z on Thursdays and Fridays. Schools are closed on Wednesdays for deep cleaning.

Jefferson County schools are rotating schedules for middle and high school students, but elementary students are still attending for the full five-day in-person schedule.

Jessica Szilagyi
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Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. 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, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter:

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