Atlanta Public Schools considering three years of summer classes to address ‘lost learning’ during pandemic

Atlanta Public Schools is considering a plan to require students in all grade levels to attend three years of summer school classes to make up for “unfinished and lost learning,” according to Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring.

Herring said during the Feb. 1 Atlanta Board of Education meeting the APS Academic Recovery and School Based Intervention Plan would be a multi-year plan to address learning loss during  the COVID-19 pandemic.

Herring said the Summer Academic Recovery Academy would focus on literacy and math for 15,000 elementary students, 5,000 middle school students, and 8,000 high school students. Classes would be offered in-person or virtually at home.

“This would be a full five-day schedule over several weeks,” Herring said. “In addition, there would be social, emotional, behavioral, and wellness support as well as transportation.”

Herring said an extended school year for students with disabilities is also under consideration along with additional school-based learning during the academic year to address literacy, math, and to conduct comprehensive assessments of each student’s education.

APS students have begun a phased return to in-person learning with kindergarten through 2nd graders returning to the classrooms on Jan. 25 and the rest of the grades returning Feb. 8 through Feb. 16.