GAE responds to new CDC guidelines for reopening schools

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2021

ATLANTA -- Please attribute the following to Lisa Morgan, president, Georgia Association of Educators.

"GAE is pleased to see that the CDC has now clearly and succinctly laid out what is essential to safely reopen our public school buildings for in-person learning. No one wants to return to our classrooms and school buildings more than our Georgia educators and education support professionals.  We have dedicated our lives to helping our students’ and schools’ success.

Now we must follow the science and make sure all Georgia schools have the resources to effectively implement these guidelines.  The CDC has made clear that universal masks, distancing of at least six feet, and other basic protections are required for safe in-person instruction. We need to make sure those protections are available in every school for every student. We also must ensure the guidelines are applied equitably and universally.

In addition, Georgia must also prioritize educators for vaccination to protect students, educators and their families and communities, to keep all our loved ones and neighbors safe and healthy."