Burke County schools will be closed on Friday as the high school's football team travels to Carrollton for a 7:30 p.m. game in the Georgia Class AAA semifinals.
Amy Nunnally, the public information officer for Burke County Public Schools, said it was best to close schools since so many people, including students and teachers, are going to be involved in the trip.
The football team will have breakfast before leaving for Carrollton at 11 a.m., Nunnally said. The band and cheerleaders will depart at noon and buses for students, teachers and the rest of the community wanting to attend the game are expected to leave at 12:30 p.m. The early departure times will help deal with any potential delays such as traffic.
The Bears are in the semifinals for the first time since 1997.
Nunnally said the decision was made Sunday and that there haven't been any complaints about the schools being closed.
"This is huge for us -- so many people are planning on going," Nunnally said.