Keeping All Georgians Safe and Connected
During this COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, we are committed to ensuring that our communities have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information and resources to keep them safe, healthy, educated, and connected during this time of isolation.
Public and private partners across Georgia—including the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB)—have contributed to these resources. We also link to the most up-to-date guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and trusted news outlets from across the state.
Children and COVID-19—CDC
Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out.
DPH is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by coronavirus and regularly coordinates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
DPH provides a daily status report of confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The CDC provides a framework for actions that local and state health departments can recommend to mitigate community transmission of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions—CDC
The CDC responds to questions about how to protect yourself, symptoms and testing, health care professionals and departments, community spread, and others.
National Alliance on Mental Illness—Georgia
Tips for families and communities on social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development provides answers to questions regarding how Gov. Kemp’s new Executive Order addressing COVID-19 affects Georgia businesses.
Food Finder is a mobile app and website created by a Georgia high school graduate that helps students and families find free food assistance programs quickly.
Apply for Food Stamp and Medicaid benefits. Download an application.
Go to connectebt.com for Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) or call 888-421-3281 for updates.
You can also contact the DFCS Customer Contact Center at 877-423-4746 for additional information or to request a paper application. Find your county office.
Local Food Banks—Georgia Food Bank Association
Your community is served by one of Georgia’s eight Feeding America affiliate Food Banks. Find yours here to donate or get help.
GaDOE School Meals Information
GaDOE has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for alternate meal service flexibility in the case of extended closures. This will allow schools to serve students meals through USDA-approved meal service options, at approved sites within the community.
Student Meal Pick-Up Information by School District
Many Georgia families will be able to pick up school meals for their children during state-mandated closures. This a list of how each school district is handling meal pick-up procedures. If you are a school district and your information is not listed or has been updated, email [email protected].
The Georgia Department of Labor is providing online access to unemployment services, partial claim access for employers, and resources for other reemployment assistance. Find your local career center.
Residential service cut offs have been postponed. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is maintaining a listing of residential utilities that may not be discontinued during the emergency due to non-payment. GEMA’s website features emergency response resources.
Georgia has received approval for two waivers that facilitate access to WIC through May 31, 2020: one that allows Georgia WIC to remotely issue benefits to any participant (or parent/caretaker or proxy) and another that waives the physical presence requirement (which includes the ability to defer in-person testing requirements). Local agencies (health departments) have been encouraged to utilize flexibilities that are already part of existing policies such as 30-day extensions for certifications, mailing of vouchers (instead of in person pickup), and nutrition education via telephone or website. Contact your local WIC office for adjusted COVID-19 services available in your area. Find your nearest WIC clinic.
Comcast—60 Days of Free Internet
Effective March 16, 2020, anyone who signs up for Internet Essentials will receive two free months of Internet service. Comcast is also increasing the speed of the program to 25 Mbps downloads and 3 Mbps uploads for all new and existing customers.
GaDOE Georgia Insights
This website features GaDOE’s entire range of COVID-19 responses in one location. Parents, students, and educators can find information on distance learning, closures, graduation, testing, meals, and special education.
Georgia Public Libraries
While many public libraries across Georgia are closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, some are still offering limited services to help kids keep learning while schools are closed, provide wi-fi for local residents, and more.
Jigsaw Interactive is providing access to virtual classroom software, at no cost, from now through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Any school interested can call 877-571-0004 (x2285) or email [email protected] to be directed to someone who can discuss specific needs.
Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across Georgia are available to anyone who needs them for free—including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. The site includes a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots.
This group of websites has 1,000+ short animated movies K-12. It includes quizzes and more, covering science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
- BrainPOP Jr. (K-3): Designed to support critical thinking skills and encourage children to ask questions and make connections. Targeted kids ages 5 – 9.
- BrainPOP ELL: English language instruction for K –12 English language learners.
Cox Campus offers free, online courses for early childhood educators, families, leaders, and community members.
To help parents and guardians provide homebound students meaningful educational experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, Discovery Education has launched Daily DE, which provides a suite of no-cost activities and resources for students and families to help continue learning while schools are closed.
Freckle helps teachers effectively differentiate instruction and practice across math, ELA, social studies, and science.
GaDOE Office of Teaching and Learning
GaDOE is advising school districts to develop a plan to continue student learning, if possible, should they need to close for several days—using resources such as study packets, cable access, virtual school, and online classes. These resources from GaDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning are available to support schools’ efforts.
Georgia Home Classroom
Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), in partnership with GaDOE, is offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to Georgia’s state standards to provide continued at-home learning.
Students in Pre-K through 12th grade can access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays on GPB-TV. The broadcast schedule includes trusted, educational programming. Additional GPB and PBS programs are also available to stream on gpb.org or the free PBS Video App and PBS KIDS Apps.
In addition to the broadcast schedule, Georgia students and educators can also access an online library of free educational resources from GPB Education, PBS LearningMedia, and Discovery Education, including videos, activities, and associated lesson plans for teachers, that align with Georgia standards.
Georgia Public Library Service
Here are online resources to keep you engaged and learning while schools, businesses, and libraries are closed. For example, Georgia Historic Newspapers gives you free access to over 1.5 million newspaper pages; Georgia’s Sanborn maps dating back to 1881 allows you to look up nearby streets, buildings, or landmarks to see how they’ve changed; and Georgia Aquarium’s live aquatic webcams can entertain and educate your kids.
As Georgia teachers reach students remotely, GPB is here to help with digital learning contingency plans. GPB Education provides free access to over 300,000 standards-aligned digital learning resources for all grades and subject areas including streaming video, instructional strategies, virtual field trips, teacher resources, and complete lesson plans through partnerships with Discovery Education and PBS LearningMedia.
GPB Kids—for Parents
GPB Kids offers advice to parents on how to talk to their kids about Coronavirus.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt—At-Home Learning Support
Educators and family members can access free lesson ideas, blogs, videos, and professional development resources while schools are closed as a result of coronavirus.
All around the world, schools are closing and transitioning to remote options. Free iCivics games and other resources are an option for teachers to keep the learning going outside of school walls, stay connected with students, and providing them with a healthy break from the headlines that can be unsettling.
Khan Academy offers free practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace.
Mystery Science provides lessons that inspire kids to love science. During school closures, popular science lessons are being provided for anyone to use for free. No account or login is needed.
Prodigy offers engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform designed to motivate first- through eighth-grade students to learn and practice math. No cost, ever.
ParentPowered has made its Ready4K virtual parenting curriculum and family engagement tool free for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. Ready4K is an evidence-based, whole-child curriculum that offers fun facts and at-home learning activity ideas for children birth – 9, all delivered via text message. Download the application.
Cox Campus Free Online Preschool
Parents can receive weekly emails, video lessons, and activities tailored to toddlers (ages 18 months – 2) and preschoolers (ages 3 – 4).
Boost learning from birth – 5. Boost learning from birth – 5. Available for iOS and android phones, this app is filled with fun and simple learning activities for mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime.
Cómo Hablar con los Niños Sobre el Coronavirus
Las noticias relacionadas con la enfermedad COVID-19 y el coronavirus están por todos lados, desde las portadas de los periódicos hasta el patio de juegos en la escuela. Muchos padres se preguntan cómo hablar con sus niños sobre la epidemia para que estén tranquilos y no se preocupen más. A continuación encontrará algunos consejos de los expertos del Child Mind Institute.
This collection of e-books and audio books is for kids in pre-K through fourth grade. A mix of fiction and nonfiction titles can be downloaded onto computers, tablets, and smartphones.
The OrganWise Guys
Access a wide array of engaging activities such as coloring sheets, short videos, recipes, and more to get kids excited about healthy living. Here are some video resources to help our kids stay healthy:
- Wash Your Hands Before You Eat for Good Health
- Wash Your Hands After Using the Bathroom
- Learning How to be a Germ Killer
PBS Kids Writers Contest 2020
The deadline for GPB Education’s 2020 PBS KIDS Writers Contest has been extended to Friday, April 10. This is the perfect writing activity for students in K – 3 to engage in while they’re learning at home.
To ensure that students have at-home learning opportunities, Get Georgia Reading and Renaissance are partnering to provide readers free, anytime/anywhere access to digital books and news with myON. Unlimited, 24/7 access makes it easy for students to continue reading and learning at home. Students can read online using any Internet-enabled device, or read offline with free mobile apps.
With over 2,000 leveled books for kids in K – 2, quality reading practice has never been easier. The app features an engaging, kid-friendly interface and reading support on every page.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin.
The Georgia Preschool Association sponsors resources to help teach your child to read.
This award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus—Scholastic
Scholastic created this collection to help you ease children’s fears and empower them with age-appropriate information. These teaching resources were carefully prepared to help your students understand what is being done to keep them safe and how to prevent germs from spreading.
Words2Reading brings families, caregivers, and teachers the best resources in developing early language skills and reading readiness from birth – 8. Grow your young reader through easy-to-follow videos, links, downloadable documents, e-books, and audio clips all available online.