Thousands of educators will receive a direct payments of $125 before the start of the school year.
The governor’s office is calling this a “Back-to-school Supply Supplement” for eligible teachers and staff.
Who is eligible for the direct payment?
The Back-to-School Supply Supplement aims to provide educators with the tools they need to set their students up for success. All child care teachers, family child care, and learning home providers, or anyone who “works to provide instructional and supportive services directly to students on a daily basis,” is eligible. That means that counselors, librarians, school nurses and speech-language pathologists, are all eligible.
The direct payment can be used on any supplies or materials that can be used for age-appropriate, educational purposes. Eligible staff members will receive an email with directions for accessing the funds.
The funds won’t be distributed as cash. The money will come as credit for CashWallet– a school supplies vendor. The money must be spent by October 31.
The funding is coming from the American Rescue Plan. Georgia does not typically reimburse teachers for supplies.