Governor Requests Schools Close

ATLANTA (AP) -- Governor Perdue asked the state's schools to take two "early snow days" and cancel classes Monday and Tuesday to help conserve gasoline as Hurricane Rita threatens the nation's fuel supply line.

If all of Georgia's schools close, the governor estimated about 250-thousand gallons of diesel fuel would be saved each day by keeping buses off the road.

The governor also said an undetermined amount of regular gasoline also would be saved by allowing teachers, other school staff members and some parents to stay home those days. Electricity also would be conserved by keeping the schools closed.

*The following public schools have confirmed they will be closed: Lincoln County, Columbia County, Glascock County, Jenkins County, Burke County, Washington County, Jefferson County, Emanuel County, Warren County, McDuffie County, Richmond County, Screven County, Taliaferro County, Warren County and Wilkes County.

*Select private schools will also be closed Monday and Tuesday:
-Hope Christian School
-Burkehaven Christian School in Waynesboro will both be closed.
-Montessori School of Augusta for state-funded students, school is closed Monday and Tuesday, private-funded students still have school.
-Southside Outreach Community Program
-Columbia County Christian Academy
-Hillcrest Baptist Church School-First Baptist Church of Evans Mother's Day Out and Preschool
-Southgate Christian

*Augusta State University will be open on Monday, September 26, and Tuesday, September 27.

*Augusta Tech: Monday and Tuesday, closed for students, instructional
support, and instructors; Monday and Tuesday, open for administrators and staff.

*Due to the Governor's request for voluntary snow days, the Georgia Department of Education makes the following announcements:
- All GaDOE sponsored training and events for Monday and Tuesday have been postponed. This includes Georgia Performance Standards training sessions.
- The administration of the Georgia High School Writing Test will be postponed until Thursday and Friday.
- The second leg of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education's bus trip has been postponed.

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