APS pushes start date, to speak about reopening plans Tuesday morning

Atlanta Public School to vote today on starting year with all digital learning

ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Lisa Herring will talk about the details of the district’s proposed reopening plan during a virtual media roundtable.

The APS Board of Education heard public comments from staff, students, parents and community members during a special board meeting Monday evening.

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The board voted to move forward with virtual learning and an Aug. 24 start date.

Herring said the decision was made with everyone in mind.

“The trajectory of cases in Atlanta, Fulton County, and Georgia more than suggests, it demands that we take the upmost of caution and delay in person return to our schools,” Herring said.

Herring takes the helm of the Atlanta school system this year, and she and the board have a tough decision ahead: How to start the school year off during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a season where every decision we make is about the wellness of our children and we will, together, get it right. We will not rush, but we will get it right,” Herring said in a video posted to Facebook.

Herring also asked the board to eliminate any face-to-face learning for at least the first 9 weeks of school.

Parents have expressed concern about continued digital learning for their students.

“When we were doing online learning, the motivation was just lost and he kind of started feeling down,” said parent Angelique Hosang.

Atlanta Public Schools propose starting school year with all virtual learning