Seminole County closes its schools after signs of coronavirus

Published: Mar. 13, 2020 at 9:50 AM CDT
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Seminole County, Georgia schools have been closed after an employee exhibited signs of the coronavirus. Superintendent Mark Earnest announced Friday morning.

“This employee was possibly exposed to the virus in a physician’s office in another state. We called parents and guardians of all students who were in contact with this employee, and will continue to follow the protocol recommended by the Georgia Department of Health while we wait for the test results,” Earnest said in a statement.

Schools will remain closed until March 30 and all extra-curricular activities have also been canceled.

“As always, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff will be at the forefront of all decision-making,” Earnest said.



Some Southwest Georgia school systems are closing out of caution from the Coronavirus.

Below is a list of schools districts that have announced closures so far:

• Colquitt County Schools: Will be closed March 16-March 29.

• Dougherty County Schools: Will be closed from March 16-April 6. During the closure, schools, buses and public places will be sanitized.

• Echols County Schools: Will be closed March 16-March 27.

• Lee County Schools: Will close from March 16-March 27. While the schools are closed, each school and school bus will be cleaned and sanitized.

• Lowndes County Schools: Will be closed March 16-27.

• Seminole County Schools: Will be closed March 16-March 30.

• Southwest Georgia Academy: Will be closed March 16-March 30.

• Terrell County Schools: Will be closed for two weeks to clean schools out of caution of the Coronavirus. Starting Monday, students and staff will return on March 30.

• Turner County Schools: Will be closed March 16-March 27.

• Valdosta City Schools: Will closed March 16-March 27.

Albany State University has suspended instruction for two weeks.

The University System of Georgia announced that all of its institutions will suspend instruction for two weeks.

Thomas University extended its Spring Break to March 23 and all classes will transition to online once students return.