Schools to remain closed through April 24

Brian Kemp

Brian Kemp

ATLANTA — In an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order today, (Mar. 26) that mandates all public elementary and secondary schools remain closed for in-person instruction through April 24.

Kemp said Thursday that students may be able to return to school on Monday, April 27.

“I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents, and parents for keeping us informed and helping us make the right decision for our students,” Kemp said.
“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. 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.”
As of Thursday, there were more than 1,500 COVID-19 cases reported in the state, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Parks & Rec facilities close for two weeks

Rock Creek Park

DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — Out of an abundance of caution, the Dawson County Parks & Recreation department has made the decision to follow the guidance of Governor Kemp to temporarily postpone non-essential services.

Effective Monday March 16, 2020, the following facilities will be closed until March 30, 2020.

  • Rock Creek Park
    • Both gyms
    • Exercise Room
  • Veterans Memorial Park
    • Gym

Effective Monday March 16, 2020, all programs facilitated by the Dawson County Parks and Recreation Department will be temporally suspended until March 30, 2020. These include: volleyball, baseball, softball, tee-ball, instructional league, soccer, track and field, lacrosse as well as all adult activities.

Currently, all parks will maintain regular hours so citizens can enjoy outside facilities.

Please continue to watch for updates on the county website at and our Facebook pages: Dawson County GovernmentDawson County Parks & Recreation and Dawson County Fire & Emergency Services.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the office at 706-344-3646 or email Director Matt Payne at



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