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Gov. Brian Kemp closes schools through April 24
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Kids make their way to the main entrance of Robinson Elementary School to begin their first day of school August 2.

Georgia public K-12 schools will be closed through April 24 after Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order Thursday banning in-person instruction.

“Throughout this process, we will continue to seek the advice of public health officials, school leaders, and families to ensure the health and safety of the educational community,” Kemp said in a statement. “As we approach April 24, 2020, we ask for continued patience and flexibility since circumstances may change, but we encourage families to stay strong and follow the guidance of federal, state, and local leaders in the weeks ahead.”

On March 16, Kemp had ordered schools closed from March 18 to March 31. Thursday’s executive order extends those closures.

The University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia will remain closed for in-person instruction through the rest of the semester.

This article will be updated.