As the public health emergency surrounding COVID-19 continues to develop, please be assured that Literacy Action will continue to monitor the situation closely and act in the best interests of our students and community.
As of March 13, we have suspended all in-person instruction until the CDC and Georgia Department of Health recommend that it is safe to resume. However, we have surged forward with a strong distance learning platform to ensure that our critical adult education and work readiness services do not lapse during this period.
We know that this crisis has already begun to adversely impact employment and that our low-income students will be hit hardest by an economic downturn. As a result, it is particularly crucial that we continue to offer programs that ensure they are able to:
- Navigate critical issues and guidelines related to the crisis
- Maintain the health and safety of themselves and their families during this time
- Come out of this crisis prepared to compete for living wage jobs and workforce development programs
- Support their children and grandchildren’s success in school, especially in this time of distance learning
This will be a challenge. Some of our students have neither computing devices nor an internet connection at home, as well as limited digital literacy skills, all of which are major barriers to participation in our distance learning programs.
But we have a plan in place. Literacy Action is adapting our digital literacy program to meet immediate needs and distributing devices to students who would otherwise be unable to access our programs. We owe a huge shoutout to the Home Depot Foundation and Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, which have together donated 30 tablets for this purpose.
And we have a role for you, too. Literacy Action and the community are expecting a significant increase in unemployment, and with that, a rise in demand for our services. By contributing today, you can take action to ensure we meet that demand and that those most affected are empowered to quickly rise from this crisis with a strengthened skillset and a plan for economic stability.
Literacy Action Board Chair