State officials reported last Thursday that every K-12 public teacher and school-level staff member across Georgia is set to receive a one-time, $1,000 bonus payment.
The announcement from the Georgia Department of Education said the payments will be sent to teachers, paraprofessionals, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, custodians, bus drivers, school nutrition staff, media specialists, clerical staff and administrative assistants, school principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches, therapists, and others.
The Department said the funds are being allocated to districts statewide and are required to be used for the bonus payments. The payments are being provided through about $60 million from the Governor’s Office and about $180 million from the Georgia Department of Education’s reserve portion of CARES 2 stimulus funds.
During Gov. Brian Kemp’s State of the State address on Thursday, he spoke of the impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had on teachers and students.
“In a day and age where so much is thrown at those investing in our children on the front lines, the additional burdens of remote learning, social distancing, wearing a mask, adapting to the new normal — honestly made educating overwhelming,” he said. “But the great men and women running Georgia’s schools didn’t miss a beat. From principals … teachers … custodians …. bus drivers … and support staff on down, their actions have inspired us all, and today, I am proud to announce that, working closely with State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the state will provide additional support to school system reopening efforts, equating to a one-time supplement of $1,000 per teacher and other employees.”
State Superintendent Richard Woods also commended the state’s teachers and staff.
“Our teachers and school staff have done extraordinary work in the last ten months,” he said. “At the onset of the pandemic, they essentially reinvented the educational delivery system in the space of a weekend, and since then have continued to show up for their students, whether virtually or in-person. What we’ve asked of them has been far from easy, and we are providing these bonuses as a tangible gesture of our gratitude and respect for their work and sacrifices, and as a means of retaining these dedicated educators and support personnel who make educating our students possible. This is about restoring hope for our educational workforce – during these unprecedented times, we must continue to invest in the people who directly serve students and make our education system run.”
The Georgia Department of Education said it plans to give additional details to school districts when it’s available.