Back-to-school supplement provides support – Valdosta Today

MCDONOUGH — A statewide “back to school supply supplement” is helping educators purchase materials for the new school year.

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Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp visited Ola High School in Henry County to share their best wishes as teachers and faculty prepare to welcome children to school next week. During his speech, Governor Kemp announced a new award, the “Back to School Supply Supplement,” through the Governor’s Emergency Education Assistance Program to support a safe and healthy return. comprehensive to in-person learning and educators who are still struggling with pandemic-motivated learning loss in the classroom.

“This summer has been a working summer for all of my team members and our partners dedicated to Georgia students, their safety, and their academic and career success, Governor Brian Kemp said. “As millions of students and educators prepare to return to class next week, Marty and I want to assure Georgian families that the Kemp administration has continued its efforts to foster safe learning environments. With wise investments and policies that empower families while supporting teachers, students and teachers will return to the classroom stronger and safer than ever for the first full school year unaffected by remote or remote learning. . We hope this $125 “Back to School Supply Supplement” will help in these efforts and help us close the learning loss gap caused by the pandemic. When it comes to protecting our children and their bright future, we won’t give up or slow down. This work will continue well into the new school year and beyond.

The “Back to School Supply Supplement” will be provided to all full-time public school teachers and staff who work daily to provide instruction and support services directly to students. It will be $125.00 for each eligible faculty member to purchase materials, supplies, or other items that can be used for age-appropriate educational purposes and that support learning, growth, or student development. These permitted educational purposes are to improve educational materials, address learning loss, mitigate the spread of COVID-19, or support student education. All eligible educators in Georgia will receive communications from ClassWallet in the coming days.

About the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA), was signed into law on December 27, 2020. This act provides funding to supplement the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief Fund granted to each state under the old CARES Act. In addition, this act provided for the transfer of remaining Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools (EANS) funding to the Governor’s office for designation of permitted use in accordance with GEER requirements. GEER funding is awarded for the purpose of providing local education agencies, higher education institutions and other education-related entities with emergency assistance in response to COVID-19. The total additional funds available for allocation is $59.7 million. More rewards will be announced in the coming months.

To learn more about the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, click here.

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