The school district had planned to bring the students back to classrooms after the winter break.
ATLANTA – Atlanta Public Schools announced on Saturday that they will be hosting a Virtual Learning Week next week, say the decision was made “after further examination of district and community COVID-19 data.”
The school system said APS staff will be required to report to work in person on Monday, January 3 for COVID-19 surveillance tests, unless they are already ill.
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The district originally planned to bring students back to classrooms in person on Tuesday, Jan.4 after winter break.
Rather, the plan is to have the students return to class on Monday, January 10.
It is not clear if the district could expand e-learning – APS said staff test results on Monday, Jan. 3 “will be used for future planning.”
The move brings APS closer to many other subway neighborhoods in Atlanta that recently announced temporary virtual learning plans for returning from vacation.
In a statement explaining the decision, the district said:
In view of the substantial increase in the rate of community transmission of COVID-19 for Fulton and Dekalb counties, and the need to further assess the positivity rate of employees; APS will begin virtually in the second semester. This will allow students and staff to test, complete necessary isolation and quarantine periods according to updated guidelines from the Department of Public Health and CDC, and participate in immunization opportunities. We will continue to monitor data and consult with public health officials as we prepare to resume in-person learning after this time.
The APS said students who need to pick up their virtual learning devices can do so at their schools on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Students receiving meals can pick up 5-day meal kits on Wednesday, January 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the following schools:
- Carver High School | 55 McDonough Boulevard, southeast
- Douglass High School | 225 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, NO
- Garden Hills Elementary School | 285 Sheridan Drive, NE
- Hope Hill Elementary School | 112 Boulevard, NE
- Martin Luther King Jr. College | 545 Hill Street, South East
- Sutton Middle School (main campus) | 2875 Northside Drive, NW
- Sylvan Hills College | 1461 Sylvan Road, southwest
- Young College | 3116 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, Southwest
Sports and other extracurricular activities will be put on hold during the virtual week, the APS said.