Griffin-Spalding School System announces closure

STAFF REPORT :::

The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) has announced that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, system offices and schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20.

In a written statement released to parents and the press, Superintendent James Smith explained this is a precautionary measure and stated, “This decision was made after consulting local health officials and recommendations from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Department of Education and the Governor’s Office. During this time, in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, we will deep clean our schools, offices and buses.”

All GSCSS events and activities are cancelled effective Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 22, except the SAT being administered March 14 at Griffin High School and Spalding High School.

This includes all school events, extracurricular activities, school-related field trips, community school events, and facility rentals. All athletic practices and competitions will be suspended until March 27 in accordance with the recommendation by the Georgia High School Association.

In addition, all GSCSS staff work-related travel has been cancelled.

All GSCSS high school dual enrollment students should follow procedures set forth by their college or university and their guidelines for any coursework.

To minimize the interruption to student learning, the GSCSS will implement its continuous learning plan starting Wednesday, March 18. All GSCSS teachers will distribute learning materials to students to take home on March 13.

Parents and guardians of any students who were absent today will have an opportunity to pick up learning materials and their child’s medication (if needed) from school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16.

The district will remain in contact with District 4 Public Health, the Georgia Department of Education and other local and state authorities and continue to follow the guidance of the Governor’s Office and the CDC.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to update their emergency contact information in the parent portal of Infinite Campus; visit our district website http://www.spalding.k12.ga.us for more information and resources; and follow all GSCSS social media channels for updates, including Twitter: @GriffinSpalding, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GSCSS/ and Instagram: @griffinspaldingschools.

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