• Message from Dr. Herring: Rent Assistance

    We know that COVID-19 has placed a severe hardship on many of our families. Beyond the academic challenges caused by the pandemic, COVID-19 has also made it difficult for many of our families to pay their rent. In an effort to help families stay in their homes, we have partnered with not-for-profit organization Star-C and former Board of Education Chairman, Courtney English, to provide rental assistance for APS families. You can print the information here and do not hesitate to contact Star-C directly if you have any questions.

    Additional Rent Assistance 

    The following two resources can help families identify providers in their area who offer care for school-aged children during the work day and can help with distance learning.  


    Finding Full Day School-Age Care Programs

    The following two resources can help families identify providers in their area who offer care for school-aged children during the work day and can help with distance learning.  

    • Georgia’s 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS hotline can help parents find providers in their area who offer care for school-age children. Referral specialists will share contact information and other details about providers to help families find the best fit.  
    • Families can also visit http://qualityrated.org/ to search for providers in their area. When using the search engine, families should select the “full-time care for school age children” option.

    The hotline and the website will generate a list of state licensed or licensed-exempt child care programs monitored by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). 
     
    Obtaining Financial Assistance

    Beginning September 1, 2020, financial support will be available for eligible families of students whose schools are operating on a virtual learning-only model. With funding from the Governor, DECAL has created the Supporting Onsite Learning for Virtual Education (SOLVE) Program that provides scholarships to cover the cost of out-of-home care for students ages 5-12 who are engaged in virtual learning. These scholarships are available to families whose incomes do not exceed 85% of the State Median Income, who meet an activity requirement, and who select an eligible provider. Parents may apply for a SOLVE Scholarship by visiting www.gateway.ga.gov. Additional information on this program is available at http://www.decal.ga.gov/CAPS/Solve.aspx or by calling 1-833-4GA-CAPS. 

    For easy printing, you can click here to review the letter in its entirety.