BALL FIELD, Georgia. – Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp visited Ball Ground Elementary School on Friday to recognize the first week of the school year.
“It’s great to see our kids back in class,” Governor Kemp said. “I can tell you that they are happy and that they are learning.”
The Kemps visited a grade two class and held a roundtable discussion with local school leaders.
“So many things he’s shown us during his tenure as governor – a supporter and champion of local control,” said Cherokee Co. school district superintendent Brian Hightower.
The governor referred to the negative attention Cherokee County and the state received when students returned to campus last fall. CCDS officials closed three high schools for two weeks in August 2020 due to widespread exposure to COVID-19.
“We told people before this happened that there would be ups and downs, but I want to thank you all for being resilient and not having hesitated and going through this and you have had a great year because of it, ”Governor Kemp said.
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While some Atlanta metro school districts have implemented a mask warrant this school year, schools in Cherokee County do not require students and staff to wear face coverings.
Governor Kemp said he didn’t believe warrants were working, but supported local officials in making those decisions.
“Every school is different. They’re in different neighborhoods. They’re in different counties. You know, they’re rural, they’re suburban, they’re urban and I, for one, have been mostly. when I could be a governor of local control in education, ”Governor Kemp explained.
FOX 5 asked Superintendent Hightower for an interview after the event, but was told he didn’t have time.
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