LCS Closing Effective March 16

Lowndes County Schools Closing Effective March 16
Posted on 03/13/2020
Lowndes County Schools LogoDear Lowndes County Community,

On Thursday, March 12, during an afternoon press conference, Governor Brian Kemp addressed the state’s growing concerns by allowing school districts to close for up to 14 days.  After careful thought and consideration, Lowndes County Schools has decided to close our school district effective Monday, March 16 through at least Friday, March 27. Our school district remains hyper-focused on your health and safety and will continue monitoring and sharing information about the developing situation with COVID-19. Should there be a need to extend the closure we will communicate that message with our community. 
 
Making the decision to close schools is never an easy one.  However, given the uncertainty of the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, we know this is the best plan of action for protecting our students, staff and faculty members.  The school closures include all school building activities, extracurricular activities, athletics, and trips. 
 
Many question why our district was open today, Friday, March 13.  Mainly, we understand that our families will need time to plan for childcare before our schools close on Monday.  Additionally, we wanted to have an opportunity to make an informed decision and share expectations with our faculty and staff as it relates to student communication while our schools are closed.  During this shut down or until further notice, all system facilities, including athletic fields, are closed to the public.
 
We understand that many will have on-going concerns about how these closures will impact their families; please know that we will not have answers to all of them. Our plans will evolve daily as we begin to deal with the impacts of COVID-19.  However, our district will continue to answer as many as we can through our websites, social media sites, and local media outlets.  Employees of the district are encouraged to reach out to their supervisors for any questions or updates. 
 
We appreciate everyone’s patience and support as our community works together to move past this pandemic health crisis. We are grateful for the constant guidance from Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and various other state agencies, departments and leaders.
 
We encourage all of our Lowndes families to continue following the recommended hygienic prevention methods.  If you begin to feel sick or experience symptoms, contact your health care provider via phone immediately. All providers are asking for potential patients to call before going to the office.  Our hope is that we are able to return to our regular school schedule in a short time.
Sincerely, 

Wes Taylor, Superintendent
Lowndes County Schools