Atlanta Public Schools superintendent updates parents on return plan for students

ATLANTA — We now know more about the return plan for Atlanta Public Schools.

The superintendent proposed three options for parents to choose from as they consider reopening the schools near the end of next month.

Traditional learning could return to APS.

Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring said in Thursday night’s virtual town hall meeting the district plans to have some students in the classroom based on a phase two plan.

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“As part of that plan, we propose to bring a select group of students comprised of our early learning students and our students with disabilities back for our in-person learning beginning Monday, October 26,” Herring said.

Other parents will have the options to choose how they want their kids to learn.

Herring said it’s only a proposal.

“Those three options are: face-to-face, in person instruction, APS virtual sight-based learning and AVA, AVA junior programs,” said APS educator Anita Williams.

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As for returning to the classroom, it also depends on how many teachers decide to come back.

The superintendent and her staff are keeping track of COVID-19 cases in the community.

Safety measures are in place to provide a clean and healthy learning environment.

“If public health data trends unfavorably in our community, a full return to a full virtual model may be warranted at anytime,” Herring said.

Next week, parents will get a survey to fill out to see which option works for them.