Atlanta Public Schools has launched an initiative to help the families of district employees affected by the ongoing federal government shutdown.

APS estimates that 300 to 500 of its employees, full-time and part-time, may have a spouse, partner or household member employed by one of the federal agencies that has been closed due to the shutdown. Many of those individuals are on the verge of missing their second paycheck since the shutdown began on Dec. 22.

APS has identified a number of ways that employees can help other employees impacted by the shutdown, including setting up Meal Train (a crowdsourcing platform to provide meals) for employees; making a tax-deductible donation through APS’s GoFundMe for distribution by Atlanta Partners for Education; dropping off food items at the Atlanta Community Food Bank and asking furloughed spouses to work as substitute teachers.

“Many federal employees and contractors, some of them family members of APS employees, are facing the impacts of the federal government shutdown, and we want to do all we can to help,” said APS Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen. “A vast majority of Americans simply can’t make it very long without receiving their regular paychecks. We want to do all we can to help bridge the gap for our employees who need that assistance.”

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.