Atlanta Public Schools to host virtual town hall as it prepares to resume in-person learning

Atlanta Public Schools will hold a virtual town hall on Sept. 24 as it prepares to return to in-person instruction for students.

According to a media release, APS said students would return to classrooms “as soon as the public health data indicates it is safe.”

APS will hold the virtual town hall live on Facebook on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m., where Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring and other administrators will discuss the district’s phased approach, facilities preparations, instructional plans, and which students would return first when COVID-19 numbers trend down.

The link to the APS Facebook page is

Fulton County Schools began a phased return on Sept. 8 and plans to have students back in classrooms full-time on Oct. 14. 

City Schools of Decatur announced that it will begin phasing in students to classrooms beginning Oct. 12.

DeKalb County Schools announced a potential hybrid return to classrooms starting Oct. 5, but it will depend on the number of COVID-19 cases in the county.

  1. More than 1,000 of us have a Facebook group – Let Atlanta Parents Choose. We have A LOT of questions for Dr. Herring and the BOE:
    Why does it seem that APS is focusing more on the number of new positive COVID cases over a 14 day period, and not also the percentage of positive tests rate, as well as other important metrics? We would like to see all of the actual relevant data supporting APS’s decisions, not just a note explaining that CDC and other agency guidelines are being followed
    Why are the phases in 9-week increments? We feel this is not frequent enough and would like to understand the rationale behind this decision. Will that change going forward?
    What is the rationale behind phasing/tiering by grade? Is it not possible to have all students who CAN return to the classroom return with all teachers who can?
    Is APS currently in the process of recruiting substitute/temporary teachers to backfill any needs (to compensate for teachers who cannot return to the classroom)?
    How is APS handling teachers/employees who do not feel comfortable returning to the classroom? Will they continue to be paid once the district returns to in-person instruction and virtual learning is no longer offered, or reduced significantly?
    Can we have a detailed timeline on when each grade can expect to be back in person?
    Will a plan be shared that includes details on busing, PPE/ sanitization, recess and lunch logistics, as well as a comprehensive decision tree and protocols around how parents and the school should handle symptoms, positive cases, quarantine, contact tracing, etc.
    Do you have full board support of the plan you will share?
    Will you gather stakeholder questions before the next virtual town hall on the 24th, and will you commit to answering those, as well as the tough questions that APS parents have been asking in emails/twitter/calls (not just focusing on nutrition and other “softball” topics)?

  2. Mine won’t be going back my oldest jas a heart defect and I can’t afford for her are my youngest to get sick I myself have asthma an I don’t wanna be sick we can’t see our love ones and its to dangerous right now why are they rushing

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