The mission of the Georgia School Boards Association is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s elected boards of education.



GSBA continues to diligently monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). While the spread of this respiratory illness is of concern for our great state, instilling the confidence into our communities and minimizing a sense of panic will assist in easing the fears of the unknown.

We encourage school board members to work with your superintendent to understand your systems’ response to parents and community members regarding the issue.

Below you will find various resources and talking points to review for your assistance. The Governor’s Office in conjunction with Georgia Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control are the leading organizations for preparedness and guidance in Georgia.

Our goal at GSBA is to equip our membership with the most up to date information and resources to better serve your students and families.


Online Resources:

GSBAs Return to School Guidelines

Governor Brian P. Kemp, Office of the Governor

Georgia Department for Public Health COVID-19, Coronavirus Guidance

DPH: Return to School or Childcare Guidance After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure

Georgia Department of Education Coronavirus Information 

Georgia’s Path to Recovery – K12 Guidance Document

Special Education Restart Guidance

Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative

Guide to Conducting Virtual Board Meetings by eBOARDsolutions

Continuity of Operations Plan (COVID 19) Webinar by GSBA Risk Management Services

Vector Cares webpage by SafeSchools has a free coronavirus course that is open access.

Addiction Center/Covid

Georgia Crisis & Access Line – 1-800-715-4225 – Partially funded by the Georgia DBHDD, this hotline provides 24/7/365 crisis intervention and support services to all Georgians. They also have a text-based option through their app My GCAL. They handle all types of crises.

Peer2Peer Warm Line – 888-945-1414 – A free service provided by the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network that features 24/7 support for individuals experiencing chronic or acute behavioral health challenges – including depression, anxiety, and trauma.

The Summit Wellness Group – Comprehensive suicide prevention guide that features over 40 free support resources.

Detox Local – Medically reviewed guides on every aspect of the drug & alcohol withdrawal process, as well as a directory of SAMHSA-approved medical detox centers.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Preparation, Guidance & Resources

U.S. Department of Education Information for Coronavirus for Schools and School Personnel

National School Boards Association Responding to Coronavirus