• NEW INFO: Atlanta schools plan to start later next year

    By: Steve Gehlbach


    ATLANTA - Summer break could be getting a little bit longer for students in Atlanta.

    The Atlanta School Board tentatively approved calendars for the next three years that call for school to start on the second Monday in August. That’d be more than a week later than recent years.

    On Channel 2 Action News This Morning on Tuesday, we reported about the possibility of school in Georgia starting after Labor Day.

    This move isn’t quite that. But it’s later than normal.


    This year, Atlanta Public Schools began classes on Aug. 1. The school year will end May 24.

    Next year, the first day would be Aug. 12 and the last May 22.

    In 2020, the new first day would be Aug. 10. In 2021, the new first day would be Aug. 9.

    Because of the later start date, APS would shorten what have been week-long breaks for students in the fall and winter into four-day weekends.

    In a one-on-one interview with Channel 2 Political Reporter Richard Elliot, Governor Nathan Deal said he didn't have a stance either way on the topic but added he did see some benefits in another proposition.

    Our investigative partners at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and AJC.com contributed to this report.

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