The Georgia Department of Education, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health, released guidance to support districts and communities in determining their plans and strategies for reopening schools. Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools provides a tiered approach with clear, actionable steps that are advisable before students and employees return to school buildings, along with guidance that is applicable throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

This approach is built upon the guidance and recommendations of health officials. It is strongly aligned to the reopening guidelines that have been provided by our state and federal leaders, and it’s designed to help districts prioritize the health and safety of students and teachers as they open school buildings and deliver instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.

Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools provides considerations, recommendations, and best practices to ensure a safe and successful 2020-2021 school year. This guidance is not mandated or state required. Local school districts have the authority and flexibility to meet their individual needs and be responsive to their communities. School leaders are encouraged to engage and communicate with their students, staff, and communities in the development and implementation of their plans.

Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools focuses heavily on the health and physical requirements necessary for reopening school buildings. The Georgia Department of Education will continue to provide guidance and recommendations to districts and schools on navigating the academic, social, and emotional effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and employees.

Click here for the full list of recommendations.