COVID-19: Education and Childcare
COVID-19: Education and Childcare
Information about childcare, public schools, universities and other educational institutions during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Executive Order introduces new guidelines for childcare facilities, enabling expanded operations. On May 12, Governor Kemp issued an Executive Order increasing the number of people allowed in a single classroom of a childcare facility from 10 to 20 people. These facilities must continue to maintain the staff-to-children ratios set by the Department of Early Care and Learning. They must also adhere to thirteen minimum, mandatory criteria including, but not limited to, screening children and workers for fever and respiratory illness, prohibiting unnecessary visitors, and following strict sanitation mandates.
Summer day camps allowed to reopen with safeguards in place. Overnight summer camps will be allowed to reopen on May 31 with safeguards in place. Governor Kemp issued an Executive Order on May 12 allowing summer day camps to operate if they can meet thirty-two minimum, mandatory criteria. On May 21, the Governor issued a subsequent Executive Order (05.21.20.010) allowing overnight summer camps to resume operations beginning May 31. They must also follow strict operational and sanitation guidelines. These requirements are extensive and cover a wide range of operations to ensure the safety of camp workers and participants of all ages. They include, but are not limited to, screening campers and workers for fever and respiratory illness, prohibiting unnecessary visitors, limiting groups to no more than 20 people if they’re unable to stay 6 feet apart, and following strict sanitation mandates.
Public K-12 Schools
All public schools are closed through the end of the school year. In accordance with federal guidance to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Kemp issued a new Executive Order to extend the closure of all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Schools may continue to use virtual learning. Please refer to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) website for guidance and regularly updated digital learning resources for schools.
What's New With School Nutrition?
Georgia Department of Education receives USDA approval for school meal flexibility. Two federal waivers have been approved to extend alternative meal service flexibility in the case of extended closures due to COVID-19. This will allow schools to serve students’ meals through USDA-approved meal service options, at state-approved sites within the community.
University System of Georgia
Universities continue online instruction for May and summer semesters and provide students with access to health services related to COVID-19. Faculty receives support through “Keep Teaching USG” initiative. The University System of Georgia (USG) has decided that all 26 institutions will move to online instruction for all courses for the remainder of the semester with extremely limited exceptions. Additionally, all students at USG institutions are now eligible to consult with doctors, nurses and mental health specialists as they work through issues related to COVID-19. USG’s recently launched “Keep Teaching USG” initiative provides resources to help faculty transition to online instruction.
Technical College System of Georgia
TCSG colleges closed through the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. Students should visit their college’s website for information about online classes. Your college will contact you regarding the limited exceptions where in-person instruction will be allowed.
Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
NPEC staff continuing daily operations remotely. Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC) staff are continuing operations remotely. Application submissions and correspondence with your institution's regulatory specialist should continue as usual, but site visits will be conducted virtually for the time being.