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The Georgia Department of Education has approved a waiver for the Grady County School System to delay annual spring testing due to the devastating March 3 tornado.
Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard said he was contacted Thursday by State School Superintendent Richard Woods to inquire if there was anything the local school system needed or any assistance the state department could provide.
After polling the principals, it was decided the system would request a postponement of state mandated testing.
Grady County Schools are closed April 1 through April 5 for spring break and were scheduled to begin testing the following week.
Students in grades 3, 5 and 8 will begin testing on April 15 and then on April 22 testing will begin for students in grades 4, 6 and 7.
Local schools were closed Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5, as linemen worked to restore electricity and workers repaired a fallen ceiling inside a building on the Southside Elementary School campus. School resumed on Wednesday, March 6.
“This will provide some additional instructional time for our students which is always beneficial,” Dr. Gilliard said.