Local Closings Update

Habersham Co. - Below is the latest update on local closings. If you know of any closings not mentioned, email them to our news department at office@wchmradio.com.

Local educational institutions to shut down

Habersham County School System announced that all schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, until Friday, March 27.  “Closing schools for a period of time is a proactive measure to prevent the Coronavirus from entering our schools and from spreading in our community,” says Superintendent Matthew Cooper. Parents will then be notified if the closings need to be extended. The “Learning from home plan” will begin for students on Tuesday, March 17. Schools will share with parents specific information regarding the plan by Monday afternoon. Meals for community children age 18 and under will begin on Tuesday, March 17th.  Meals, which include lunch and breakfast for the following day, can be picked up Monday – Friday between 11:30 a.m.  and 12:30 p.m. at these locations:
  • Baldwin Elementary
  • Clarkesville Elementary
  • Cornelia Elementary
  • Demorest Elementary
  • Fairview Elementary
  • Hazel Grove Elementary
  • Level Grove Elementary
  • Woodville Elementary
Meals cannot be provided during the school system’s spring break, April 6th – 10th.
Community locations that are also providing food are:
  • Bethlehem Baptist Church, 624 Hwy 197 North, Clarkesville 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Connextion Church, 197 North Main Street, Cornelia 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Riverpoint Community Church, 350 Ansley Road, Demorest 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Hollywood Baptist Church, 208 Hollywood Church Road, Clarkesville 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Level Grove Baptist Church, 157 Old Level Grove Road, Cornelia 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Victory Baptist Church, 1094 Hwy 17, Clarkesville 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
North Georgia Technical College announced that the college has “made the decision to suspend classes and activities on all campuses until March 20, 2020.” Faculty and staff will be on campus next week. Dorm students will be allowed to stay in dorms and meals will be provided. 

Piedmont College announced that it has extended spring break for a week and is moving all classroom instruction online beginning March 23 until further notice. “All other normal operations will continue, and the campus will remain open. Staff will continue reporting to work,” according to the release.

Truett McConnell University announced today, March 13, that "TMU will be closed for two weeks beginning Friday, March 13, at 5 PM." Classes will resume residentially on Monday, March 30. Housing will reopen on Sunday, March 29, for residential students. March 16 – 20 will be considered Truett McConnell’s Easter break. March 23 – 27 will begin a regularly scheduled class week. All classes will be accessed from the online classroom. April 6 – 10 classes will meet on campus unless further changes are made. All TMU activities, including athletics, will be canceled until April 1. All TMU admissions activities, including preview days, private tours, and WinShape Preview Day, will continue as normal. All facilities including Carol Anne’s Café, Georgia Public House, and the Student Wellness Center will be closed to the public for the two-week period.

Tallulah Falls School announced March 13 that they will be suspending on-campus classes at the end of the academic day, Friday, March 13, 2020. On-campus classes are set to resume on Tuesday, April 14. Students will continue their academic classes through the use of online learning opportunities provided through the Google platform. Teachers and IT staff members will be working with them today to facilitate the transition to online learning. Online classes will begin on Wednesday, March 18. Information about the TFS online learning protocol will be communicated Monday, March 16 from the academic deans.  

Brenau University has closed until further notice.

Other local school closings:
The following school systems will be closed for one week, beginning March 16 until March 20.
Hall County
White County 
Clarke County
Lumpkin County (followed by spring break until April 10)
Rabun County
Forsyth County
Stephens County

The following school systems will be closed beginning March 16 until March 27.
Banks County
Barrow County
Clayton County
Cobb County
Gainesville City Schools

Businesses closings/adjusted hours:
BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland canceled its 2020 annual Easter Eggstravaganza gathering previously scheduled for April 4th. Cancellation will also apply to our annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. “This year only, we will celebrate the Easter season beginning Wednesday, April 1st through Saturday, April 11th, 2020 by giving each visitor under the age of 10 a personal surprise bag of filled plastic eggs and some will have coupons from local business, while supplies last. All visitors during this time period will also be eligible to enter a drawing for free daily prizes well as one grand prize of a handstitched one-of-a-kind Original Cabbage Patch Little Person valued at $265.00. The grand prize drawing will be held on Saturday the 11th at 5:00. You do not need to be present to win. As usual, BabyLand General will be closed Easter Sunday so our employees can be with their family.”
24-hour Walmarts will now be open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. until further notice.
Ingles Markets announced that all Ingles stores will close at 10 p.m. 24-hour locations will reopen at 6 a.m. and all other stores will open at their regular time. Starbucks locations will open at their regular time and close at 8 p.m., one hour early. These hours will remain in place until further notice. 

Governmental Closings:
Habersham County grand, civil, and criminal juries have been canceled until April 13. Courts remain open.
Mountain Judicial Circuit Court (criminal and civil hearings) are suspended until April 13.
Habersham County Libraries are closed until March 21.
Habersham County Parks and Recreation has suspended certain programs including pools, gymnasiums, Total Fitness, until March 30th. All athletic programs and gymnastics remain suspended until April 6th. Full list can be found here.

The best prevention measures for all ages against any respiratory virus are:
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop a fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.