State School Superintendent On Preparing To Reopen Georgia’s Public Schools

Richard Woods, State School Superintendent with students attending General Ray Davis Middle School.

Courtesy of Richard Woods

School districts across the state are trying to figure out what comes next.

The coronavirus pandemic disrupted the last school year in a way few could’ve imagined.

And while students, teachers and administrators pivoted the best anyone knew how there’s a heightened intensity on planning for the fall.

WABE’s host of “All Things Considered,” Jim Burress spoke to Georgia’s State Schools Superintendent Richard Woods, to talk about that.

But given the events unfolding surrounding the protests and riots across metro Atlanta and the nation, they began their conversation in a different place.

Burress began the interview asking Woods if he thought schools have an obligation to teach anti-racism. Woods replied, “It’s one of the things we do… we continue to do. Whether it’s dealing with bullying…history is something that we teach. We are very much entrenched in the Civil Rights Movement. We’re gonna teach our kids how to behave, and I think when you look at teaching anti-racism, it’s how to properly respond as well.”

Burress switched gears to ask Woods how prepared Georgia public schools are to reopen this upcoming school year in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Woods said some Georgia school districts are more prepared to handle digital learning. He added, there are measures being set forth to add internet access to all students of Georgia schools.

WABE’s Maria White Tillman contributed to this story.