Four Coweta County school system leaders will work with other leaders from around the state to help plan for the start of Georgia’s 2020-21 school year.
On Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced creation of six K-12 Restart Working Groups to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Georgia schools and plan for a safe 2020-21 school year.
Incoming Superintendent Evan Horton, Curriculum Director Karen Barker, School Nutrition Director Keshia Williams and Comptroller Chris Latimer were selected to serve on the state committees. The working groups will assist in planning the next steps forward and providing guidelines and supports for schools for the next school year.
“As we work to defeat this virus, we want to ensure Georgia’s students are safe, secure, and learning,” Kemp said. “Georgians can be assured the safety of students, families, and school staff is our first priority. The K-12 Restart groups will ensure we have experts at the table as we take measured steps forward.”
The working groups, which include teachers, school district staff, and public health officials along with representatives of education organizations, nonprofits, and state agencies, will focus on six key topics: school meals, distance learning and professional learning, connectivity and devices, mental health and wellness, supplemental learning, and facilities, equipment, and health guidelines.
“As we’ve faced the challenge of COVID-19, I have encouraged our local educational leaders to focus on compassion over compliance,” Woods said. “Our top priority continues to be ensuring that children get through this time healthy, safe, and nurtured and that they have opportunities to learn and grow. These working groups will join us in this student-focused approach and will provide invaluable expertise and perspective as we ensure schools are prepared for the fall and have options to ensure learning continues, following the advice and guidance of public health officials on the national and state levels.”