Catoosa County Public Schools Superintendent Denia Reese has announced that schools will be closed from March 16 through April 5. “The district is taking this action in an abundance of caution to reduce the opportunity for the spread of COVID-19 among our teachers and students,” says Reese.

“All students have a digital device, and digital learning will begin on Monday [March 16],” Reese says. “Lessons will be posted in each teacher’s Google Classroom. Please visit your child’s school website for additional information.”

“At this time,” says Reese, “there are no known confirmed cases of coronavirus in our community or in Hamilton County; however, we have closed to provide a two-week window for children to be out of school to reduce the opportunity for the virus to spread.”

“In addition to closing our schools,” Reese announced, “the Georgia High School Association is suspending spring sports activities until further notice.”

Parents can visit https://www.catoosa.k12.ga.us/ to find their children’s school and more information. Final information about logging in to Google Classrooms will be on sites by March 16. Spring break, beginning March 30 and ending April 5, will be observed as usual, with children having no classes.

Catoosa County Public Schools will be providing meals for students while the system is closed.

On Monday, March 16, the system will distribute meals at each high school from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The plan for the first week is to provide breakfast and lunch for two days on Monday, and to provide meals for three days on Wednesday, March 18.

On Monday, March 23rd, the system will provide breakfasts and lunches for the week, also distributed from the systems’ three high schools.

For families that do not have transportation to the high schools, meal delivery will be provided. Call 706-965-0266 and provide name, address, and number of children needing meals.

Tamara Wolk is a reporter for The Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga., and Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga. 

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