Open Letter to Blue Devil Nation and Tift County

I want to start this letter by thanking each and every one of you for your efforts in slowing the spread of COVID19 as we restarted school over the last 4 weeks. Our community as a whole has acted in a responsible manner that has led to a successful opening of schools, but there is still work to be done. As we leave school today, our students, faculty and staff embark on the Labor Day weekend. This weekend has traditionally been associated with cookouts, gatherings, and events. It is meant to be a weekend to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate.  With that being said, this year is very different from any other year. We are asking you to please remain diligent and heed the precautions that both the Department of Public Health and Governor Brian Kemp have set forth to slow the spread of this virus.  We are asking Blue Devil Nation and our community as a whole to please do your part in Protecting the T. Protect our ability for students to gather in person and continue learning. Protect our athlete’s seasons. Protect our students’ and alumni’s homecoming. Protect the future of Tift County.  Protect the T!

In July, DPH and the Governor laid out a plan called “Four Things for Fall” to stop the spread of COVID19.  This plan has worked, and since July 26th, we have seen drops in both positive cases and hospitalizations. Today, we echo Governor Kemp’s call to continue to combat the spread of COVID19.  The four requests are as follows:

  • Wear a Mask
  • Practice Physical Distancing
  • Wash your Hands Regularly
  • Follow DPH Guidance detailed in the Governor’s Executive Orders

These four things require some sacrifice, but they also protect a lot of what we have done to try to restart a normal school year. They can protect your family, friends, faith family, athletics, academics, and most importantly they can protect you. Help us continue what we started on August 7th when we opened this school year. Help us protect the T. We appreciate everything the community has done to this date and know that Tift County is beyond capable of rising to this occasion. Students, we are counting on you. Tift County, our students are counting on you. Let’s work together to continue decreasing cases and hospitalizations in Tift County.

Adam Hathaway 


Tift County Schools