Floyd, Barrow school system will be closed until April 13

The Barrow County School System also announced this week that its schools will remain closed until April 13. The school system, which is east of Gwinnett County, was the first district in Georgia to extend its closure in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The school system announced Tuesday that the system would remain closed beyond its scheduled spring break, according to a statement posted on the school system’s website.

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The district announced last week that it was closing March 16-29 in response to the emerging coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Governor Brian Kemp ordered the closure of all public schools in the state until the end of the month. With this order, Barrow County would have just a few days left before spring break, which was set for April 6-10.

The district is implementing a home learning model for students. Teachers and staff are working from home and are available to parents and students via email. The school system will provide free meals to any child from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until March 27 at Apalachee and Winder-Barrow high schools. Meals are free for all children under 18.

“Thank you to the students, parents and teachers for making our home learning a great success. Although this is a difficult situation, we thank our school communities for seizing this opportunity to learn in a different way,” read a statement on the school system’s website.

The school system serves over 14,400 students.

Jeremy S. McLain