As the Coronavirus outbreak continues and all Georgia public school facilities are closed, the state of Georgia's Department of Education (GaDOE) is making many resources available to students, families and educators to ensure children have access to food and learning opportunities.
Not only is GaDOE working with state and local partners to provide school meals for students, it is also donating digital devices to students in need, and provide support for learning in the form of digital resources, teacher training, and instructional television programming.
“In a time of difficulty, we are working to ensure all Georgia students are safe, fed, and able to continue learning,” said State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “That is our priority, full stop. I encourage educators and parents to take advantage of the resources GaDOE and other partners are providing, and I deeply appreciate the work they are doing day in and day out to support Georgia’s children.”
Food Assistance - For families in need of additional food assistance, visit Foodfinder – a safe, secure mobile and web app that allows families to locate free food assistance programs quickly. FoodFinder was created and is still run by a 2015 graduate of Gwinnett County Public Schools, and its team is currently working to add all school-closure meal sites to the app.
Student Learning - Knowing all students do not have access to reliable internet or devices at home, GaDOE is partnering with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education and Verizon to donate digital devices to children around the state who don’t currently have access. These devices will be preloaded with educational software and books and can be used to support school districts’ existing distance learning plans.
GaDOE and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) have partnered to launch the Georgia Home Classroom initiative, which includes instructional TV broadcasts aligned to Georgia’s state standards, along with a library of digital learning resources. Click here to access the digital resources along with the TV broadcast schedule.
Educator Instructional Tools - GaDOE has also curated extensive training opportunities and resources for educators, including free online courses for teachers new to virtual learning and instructional resources organized by content area. Click here to access resources.
- School Meal Information (check your local school district’s website and social media accounts as well)
- FoodFinder (a safe, secure way to find food assistance near you)
- Distance & Virtual Learning Resources
- GPB Resources & Schedule for Instructional TV Programming
- All Updates on COVID-19 & Georgia Public Schools (short link: gadoe.org/coronavirus)