The Henry County Board of Education extended its emergency resolution to July 31 during a special called meeting Tuesday.

McDONOUGH — The Henry County Board of Education voted to extend its Emergency Resolution and Declaration Tuesday during a special called meeting.

The BOE first approved the resolution on April 2 with an expiration date of May 31. The new resolution will remain in effect until July 31.

The resolution grants Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis certain powers including deciding necessary and essential employees, entering into necessary contractual relations and contracting for and expending non-budgeted sums and services. It also names an emergency interim successor to the superintendent as well as allowing teleconference board meetings to continue.

The original resolution was put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 1, Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order closing schools across the state through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

It’s unknown whether students will return to physical buildings on Aug. 3, the first day of the 2020-21 academic year in Henry County.

The superintendent and BOE are using the summer break to prepare multiple plans for the start of the new school year including a return to the classroom, continuing virtual learning or a mix of the two.

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