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.
Public K-12 Schools
Guidance released to open schools in fall. Schools must implement measures that prevent the spread of COVID-19 among workers and students on school campus. These measure include, but are not limited to, screening for COVID-19 symptoms, increasing air circulation within facilities, and encouraging sanitation and handwashing. The Georgia Department of Education has released updated guidance to help schools plan for a safe return for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Please refer to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) website for guidance and regularly updated digital learning resources for schools.
Executive Order introduces new guidelines for childcare facilities, enabling expanded operations. Childcare funding options for students with virtual-only learning. These childcare facilities must continue to maintain the staff-to-children ratios set and additional regulations 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.
DECAL is also providing financial assistance to help working families pay for childcare. The Supporting Onsite Learning for Virtual Education (SOLVE) Program gives scholarships to families with students enrolled in a public school system that is offering a virtual-only learning model. Eligible families can apply through Georgia Gateway starting September 1.
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
USG provides guidance for in-person instruction for fall semester. Face coverings required on campuses. The University System of Georgia (USG) has provided guidance for institutions to return to in-person instruction for fall semester. Face coverings are required inside campus facilities and buildings where social distancing may not be possible, with some exceptions. Certain people may request alternative arrangements to working on campus. USG partners with Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and with Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) on COVID-19 efforts, such as providing masks and supporting contact tracing.
Technical College System of Georgia
TCSG to resume in-person instruction for fall semester. All Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges will open to in-person instruction for the Fall 2020 semester. Colleges are taking safety precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Students should visit their college’s website for information about classes.
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.