• Dublin City Schools closing schools March 17, beginning distance learning during closure


     

    Dublin City Schools closing schools March 17, beginning distance learning during closure

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    For more information, contact Jason Halcombe at 478.353.8384 or at jason@dcsirish.com

     

    DUBLIN, GA, MARCH 15, 2020 — Dublin City Schools has made the difficult yet necessary decision to close schools beginning Tuesday, March 17, and continuing through March 27 due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

     

    Governor Brian Kemp extended flexibility to local districts to decide on a district-by-district basis, but Dr. Fred Williams said, “In the best interest of student health, safety and well-being we should close schools. We will revisit the need to continue this closure at the end of that period on March 27, and every Friday thereafter until school resumes.”

     

    Dublin City Schools will be providing a distance learning experience using both Google Classroom and its new, Irish Digital Academy to ensure student instruction continues during the school closure.

     

    “We want to be sure that students are continuing to live as normal a life as possible,” Williams said, “which is why we have been working expeditiously with our staff to establish a quality distance-learning alternative that students could utilize during this time. We encourage parents and caregivers not to allow students to treat this time as a vacation, and strongly discourage any congregating to help mitigate any potential spread of the disease.”

     

    Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Middle Georgia, the limited availability of test kits causes concern regarding the accuracy of the data.

     

    The district plans to begin its emergency feeding program on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and will present the exact locations of food pickup and deliveries Tuesday, March 17, 2020 evening via the district website: www.dcs.irish. Food will be provided Monday, Wednesday and Friday weekly until classes resume. In order to adhere to Georgia food safety regulations, meals will likely consist of cold and shelf-stable items.

     

    During the period in which schools are closed, all extracurricular activities, including practices, competitions, and field trips, will be postponed. Unfortunately, the DHS Prom originally scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020, and DHS Football banquet originally scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 2020, will also be delayed until a later date.

     

    Further updates will be made available via Remind, our district social media platforms (Twitter: @dcsirish; Facebook: @dcsirish; Instagram; @dublincityschoolsirish), our website and our regional media partners. 

     

     

    ABOUT DUBLIN CITY SCHOOLS

    Dublin City Schools is a five-campus charter school system operating in Dublin, GA. The system currently serves roughly 2,400 students from Pre-K to 12th grade at Hillcrest Elementary, Irish Gifted Academy, Susie Dasher Elementary, Dublin Middle, Moore Street and Dublin High Schools. The system is led by Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams, along with the Dublin City Schools Board of Education including: Chairman John Bell III and members Bill Perry, James Lanier, Peggy Johnson, Laura Travick, Kenny Walters and Nelson Carswell IV.

     

    For more information, visit dcsirish.com