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Atlanta schools consider some face-to-face instruction by Oct. 26

By Maggie Lee

Atlanta may physically reopen to some of its roughly 52,000 students by October 26. More details and conversation will emerge at upcoming meetings.

It looks like the first candidates for in-person learning will be special education and early learning students, according to a letter sent to Atlanta Public Schools families on Friday.

The system hasn’t yet determined how long students would stay at school or how many days. But face coverings will be required.

And the system is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation, but three meetings are scheduled about the potential partial opening.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. school leaders will update the school board and the community on the schools’ reopening plan. The meeting will be on the Board of Education’s Facebook page.

The next day, Thursday, Sept. 24, the school system will host a parent town hall at 6 p.m. to hear from parents, answer questions and take input. To watch live or on-demand, check the school system’s Facebook page.

The final plan will be presented Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m., at the Board of Education’s regular meeting. The meeting will be on the Board’s Facebook page.

In the meantime, APS plans to send a parent survey about face-to-face learning on Sept. 28.

“We want our students in our schools. We know that there is nothing like in-person instruction with direct teaching and learning,” Superintendent Lisa Herring wrote in the letter to families.

“We continue to ask for your engagement and patience as we make decisions in alignment with ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff. We will be in our schools again at a safe time.”

October 26 marks nine weeks into the APS school year, during which all classes have been virtual.


Atlanta Public Schools Sept. 18 letter to families about reopening plans and meetings

Maggie Lee

Maggie Lee is a freelance reporter who's been covering Georgia and metro Atlanta government and politics since 2008.


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