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Bourdeaux to Kemp: Protect Teachers

February 18, 2021

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — United States Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) sent a letter to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, requesting that he use his authority to ensure schools in Georgia protect teachers, staff, children, and families by following basic public safety guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The letter noted that school districts, including those in the 7th congressional district, are not in compliance with the recent CDC guidelines for safe reopening of schools.  

Under new school COVID-19 safety guidelines released last week, the CDC recommended that schools implement the following measures: universal and correct use of masks, maintaining physical distancing, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, and contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the health department.

“In order to keep educators, support staff, students, parents, and the community at large safe, it is essential that these policies [the CDC guidelines] be rigorously followed,” wrote Congresswoman Bourdeaux.“Unfortunately, at present, that is not the case. I strongly urge you to work with the Georgia Department of Education and individual school districts to ensure they are following safe practices. These practices are the same ones that many private sector employers, such as grocery stores, implement in order to protect their staff as well as the community at large. Surely our teachers and school staff deserve the same level of protection.”

Additionally, Congresswoman Bourdeaux sent a letter to Dr. Jeff Bearden, Superintendent of the Forsyth County Schools today, asking that Forsyth Schools follow established safety practices. Forsyth parents also circulated a petition earlier this year asking that masks be required on all school property, which has garnered more than 2,600 signatures. 

*To read the letter to Governor Kemp, click here*

*To read the letter to Dr. Bearden, click here*

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia and represents Georgia's 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, an economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district's world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. 

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford