Educating Georgia's Deaf Future

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  • April 2, 2020

    Dear GSD Families,

    As most of you know, Gov. Kemp has ordered the closure of all Georgia school systems (for in-person education) through the end of the school year.  Therefore, the Georgia School for the Deaf will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

    Unfortunately, this means that all remaining scheduled events, including our graduation ceremony and camp, must be canceled.  Our Leadership Team will be reviewing options to host graduation in an alternate format to celebrate, honor and recognize our graduating seniors. 

    Except for our scheduled spring break (April 6-10), GSD teachers will continue to provide education via distance learning through May 20, 2020. Grading practices and expectations are being adapted to ensure equitability, and our guiding principle for these last weeks is to provide multiple learning opportunities and consistent support to students. IEPs will be scheduled with you and held following distancing guidelines.

    Information about retrieving personal items from the dorms will be announced when we are cleared to do so. Visits will follow CDC distancing and safety recommendations.

    I want to close by thanking you all for your continued support.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s education or services, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers or any of our administrative staff.  We will update you as new information is available. 

    Until then, stay safe and be healthy.


    Leslie D. Jackson


    **Les enviaré una traducción de esta carta lo más pronto possible.**


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  • Looking for resources to help with at-home learning? Thinking it is a good time to improve your ASL skills? Check out the resources here on the GSD website under the "Services" tab, then under "ASL and Deaf Resources" and "Parent and Family Resources."


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  • If you are in need of food for your family, visit Food Finder and enter your zip code to find resources in your area. See below for information for free student meals from your local school district.

    Food Finder


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  • Information about special education services while school is closed: 

    Special Education Services English

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    Students age 21 or younger may be eligible to receive a breakfast and/or lunch through their local school system. To receive a meal, the student does not have to be a student enrolled in the Local Public Schools. Children younger than pre-K or kindergarten age are able to receive meals. Children must be present to receive the meal(s).

    Information about individual schools, serving sites, dates and times of availability will be shared on your local school system’s website if they have applied for the USDA waiver to serve. 

    Please click the link here to find where your children free meals at the local district: School Meal Information

    Please contact Andrea Johnson State Schools Nutrition Director, 404-558-3857 or email  if you have difficulty in finding the location.


    Los estudiantes de 21 años o menos pueden ser elegibles para recibir un desayuno y / o almuerzo a través de su sistema escolar local. Para recibir una comida, no es necesario que el estudiante esté inscrito en las Escuelas Públicas Locales. Los niños menores de pre-kínder o jardín de infantes pueden recibir comidas también. Los niños deben estar presentes para recibir la (s) comida (s).

    La información sobre escuelas individuales, sitios de servicio, fechas y horarios de disponibilidad se  estaré compartiendo en el sitio web de su sistema escolar local, si ellos han solicitado la exención del USDA para servir.  Haga clic en el enlace a continuación para saber en qué distrito escolar local su estudiante puede recibir una comida gratis: COMIDAS GRATUITAS PARA ESTUDIANTES

    Comuníquese con la Directora de Nutrición de las Escuelas del Estado Andrea Johnson,  al 404-558-3857 o envíe un correo electrónico a  si tiene dificultades para encontrar los lugares en los cuales se ofrecerán las comidas. (para espanol: Marie Dickinson 706.331.6314)


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  • Information about COVID-19 in ASL from the CDC and UNICEF.


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  • The Office of the US President has issued the following guidelines in regard to the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

    Download file here: Presidential Guidelines

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  • The CDC has published these documents to educate people about COVID-19 and how to reduce your chances of becoming ill. 

    Website in English: CDC COVID-19 English

    Website in Spanish: CDC COVID-19 Espanol

    English documents: 

    COVID-19 symptoms

    Sick with COVID-19

    Stop Germs

    Spanish documents:

    COVID-19 symptoms Spanish

    Sick with COVID Spanish

    Stop Germs Spanish

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  • News of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is all over the news. The Division of State Schools has issued the following letter regarding the virus. 

    Please take common-sense precautions: wash your hands often, sneeze/cough into your elbow, and avoid contact with sick people. If your child is sick, please keep them home. 

    You can download the letter in English here: English letter

    En Espanol aqui: espanol

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Coming Attractions

  • Can't find an ASL class near your home or need a more flexible schedule? ASL classes are offered online through several companies. Visit the websites below and find the one that is best for you! 


    ¿No puede encontrar una clase de ASL cerca de su hogar o necesita un horario más flexible? Las clases de ASL se ofrecen en línea a través de varias compañías. ¡Visite los sitios web a continuación y encuentre el que sea mejor para usted!


    ASL Connect (Gallaudet University)

    ASL Deafined

    Sign On

    Sign With Robert



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  • ASL Classes (different levels, various class times) are offered by the City of Marietta at the Custer Park Sports and Fitness Center. Visit their website for complete details, dates, times, fees, registration, etc.


    La Ciudad de Marietta ofrece clases de ASL (diferentes niveles, varios horarios de clases) en el Centro de Deportes y Gimnasio Custer Park. Visite su sitio web para obtener detalles completos, fechas, horarios, tarifas, registro, etc.



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  • Gwinnett Technical College is offering online ASL classes. The cost is $119 for an instructor-led class and begins 9/11. There is also a self-paced tutorial for $115.  You can register here:


    Gwinnett Technical College ofrece clases de ASL en línea. El costo es de $ 119 para una clase dirigida por un instructor y comienza el 11 de septiembre. También hay un tutorial a su propio ritmo por $ 115. Puede registrarse aquí:


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  • Clayton State University in Morrow is offering an ASL Level 2 Class. The cost is $199 and classes start 9/21/2019. Register here:


    Clayton State University en Morrow está ofreciendo una clase ASL Nivel 2. El costo es de $ 199 y las clases comienzan el 21/09/2019. Regístrese aquí:


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  • Douglasville Parks and Recreation is offering ASL Classes. Visit their site:


    Douglasville Parks and Recreation ofrece clases de ASL. Visite su sitio:



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  • Language Atlanta offers ASL lesson. Visit Ongoing enrollment in classes for a fee.


    Language Atlanta ofrece una lección de ASL. Visite Inscripción continua en clases por una tarifa.


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  • Did you know the University of Georgia offers multiple levels of ASL classes in both Athens and Gwinnett? The classes do have a fee and require materials. For more information and to register, visit…/…/american-sign-language

    ¿Sabías que la Universidad de Georgia ofrece múltiples niveles de clases de ASL tanto en Atenas como en Gwinnett? Las clases tienen una tarifa y requieren materiales. Para obtener más información y para registrarse, visite…/…/american-sign-language


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  • ASL classes in Villa Rica (West Georgia Regional Library System). Fees apply. Contact Evette Bridges at for more details. 

    Beginner class: Saturdays 10-11 am

    Intermediate class: Saturdays 11:15 am-12:15 pm


    Clases de ASL en Villa Rica (Sistema de Bibliotecas Regionales de Georgia del Oeste). Se aplican tarifas. Póngase en contacto con Evette Bridges en para obtener más detalles.
    Clase para principiantes: sábados 10-11 am
    Clase intermedia: sábados 11:15 am-12: 15 pm





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  • ASL class in Carrollton (West Georgia Regional Library System). Classes are the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 pm at the Stallings Center. All levels welcome. The instructor is China Weaver. Contact Programs and Outreach Coordinator Amanda Johnson at or visit for more info.


    Clase de ASL en Carrollton (Sistema de Biblioteca Regional de West Georgia). Las clases son el primer y tercer martes de cada mes a las 6 pm en el Centro de Stallings. Todos los niveles son bienvenidos. El instructor es China Weaver. Comuníquese con la Coordinadora de Programas y Alcance Amanda Johnson en o visite para obtener más información.


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  • Northwest Georgia Association of the Deaf recently set up a list of tentative activities and dates for up to May of 2020!

    Please go to, click “like” and “follow” to get updates about the details.

    Sept 21 - Picnic at Cloudland Canyon
    October 26- Boo at the Booger Hollow Barn
    November 9 - Friendsgiving at CSUMC
    December 14 - Christmas Party
    December 31 - Happy New Year's Thailand at NOON
    January 11 - Hunt for Bigfoot in Cherry Log, GA
    February 8 - Chili Competition and Bingo
    March 14 - St. Patrick's Day Party
    April 18 - Regional Picnic
    May 9 - Ladies' Lunch at Tiffany's Banquet

    ¡La Asociación de Sordos del Noroeste de Georgia estableció recientemente una lista de actividades tentativas y fechas para mayo de 2020!

    Vaya a, haga clic en "me gusta" y "seguir" para obtener actualizaciones sobre los detalles.

    21 de septiembre - Picnic en Cloudland Canyon
    26 de octubre: Boo en el Booger Hollow Barn
    9 de noviembre - Friendsgiving en CSUMC
    14 de diciembre - Fiesta de Navidad
    31 de diciembre - Feliz año nuevo Tailandia al mediodía
    11 de enero: caza de Bigfoot en Cherry Log, GA
    8 de febrero - Competencia de chile y bingo
    14 de marzo - Fiesta del Día de San Patricio
    18 de abril - Picnic regional
    9 de mayo - Almuerzo de damas en el banquete de Tiffany


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Tiger Tails


    Great news, the website is LIVE for parents, students, and staff to purchase the 2019-2020 Georgia School for the Deaf Yearbook!!!! The link for the website is below, and attached is a flyer for how to order. Our school ID is 89114. Yearbooks are $25 each.

    When ordering, it will ask for grade/homeroom. For staff or community members, click "other."

    Questions? Contact Jamie Kunkle at
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  • The GaDOE is surveying parents of students with disabilities throughout Georgia. GaDOE Division of Special Education will work collaboratively with Parent to Parent of Georgia (P2P), the statewide Parent Training Information Center, to identify needs in family involvement within the state and local districts based on statewide survey results.

    You may complete the survey online in English and Spanish at‐Survey or or

    You can download instructions in English here: Parent Survey English

     Puede descargar las instrucciones en español aquí: Parent Survey Espanol

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  • El GaDOE está encuestando a los padres de estudiantes con discapacidades en todo el Estado de Georgia. La División de Educación Especial del GaDOE trabajará conjuntamente con Parent to Parent of Georgia (P2P), el Centro de Información para Capacitación de Padres del estado, para identificar necesidades de participación familiar dentro del estado y distritos locales con base en los resultados estatales de la encuesta.

    Puede llenar la encuesta en línea en inglés o en español en‐Survey
    o en o en
    Si no tiene acceso para llenar la encuesta en línea, comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo(a) para obtener
    una copia impresa de la encuesta.

    Puede descargar las instrucciones en español aquí: Parent Survey Spanish

    You can download instructions in English here: Parent Survey English

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  • Georgia Parent School Climate Survey

    It is that time of year again...for the Georgia Parent School Climate Survey. Parents and families, we need YOUR help! GSD earned a top 5-star rating last year, thanks in part to YOUR feedback! Please take a few minutes to fill out this anonymous, short survey—you can use a computer, tablet, or phone. Your time and honest feedback are greatly appreciated! The survey is available in English and Spanish.

    Complete the survey and you could win a GSD market bag filled with GSD goodies! After you complete the survey, email Marie at to be entered in the drawing to win!


    1. Click the link

    2. On question 2, scroll down and choose “state schools” as the district.

    3. Choose “Georgia School for the Deaf” as the school.


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  • Senior Kenneth Kennedy is GSD's first-ever student to participate in dual enrollment. He is taking college classes at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. In this video, he explains about his great experience.


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  • Congratulations to Mrs. Jamie Saunders, GSD's Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020!! Jamie is GSD's ASL teacher and does so much to help our students build language skills, pride in themselves as Deaf individuals, and become successful students and citizens. She is a true asset to GSD and the Deaf community! Thank you, Jamie, for all you do!!

    Picture 1: Sharion Gooden (principal), Dana Tarter (Teacher of the Year 2018-2029), Jamie Saunders (holding bouquet of flowers), and Leslie Jackson (Superintendent)

    Picture 2: Jamie Saunders holding her certificate.

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  • Elementary Math teacher Loren Frick teaches Kindergartener Arizona how to count double-digit numbers in ASL. 

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  • One of our juniors, Jackie Williams, spent a month this past summer at Youth Leadership Camp. Here she is, telling about her FANTASTIC experience! The video is in ASL with English captions.

    Uno de nuestros jóvenes, Jackie Williams, pasó un mes el verano pasado en el Campamento de Liderazgo Juvenil. ¡Aquí está, contando sobre su experiencia FANTÁSTICA! El video está en ASL con subtítulos en inglés.


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  • In 2018, Kenneth Kennedy (at the time, a rising junior), attended Youth Leadership Camp. Here is his story of his experience. The video is in ASL with English captions. 


    En 2018, Kenneth Kennedy (en ese momento, un joven en ascenso), asistió al Campamento de Liderazgo Juvenil. Aquí está su historia de su experiencia. El video está en ASL con subtítulos en inglés.




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