Atlanta Public Schools plans for 5-day, in-person learning starting Fall 2021

Atlanta Public Schools will join other school districts in Georgia returning the in-person instruction 5-days per week during the 2021-22 school year. 

In a blog post this week, Superintendent Lisa Herring said APS intends to return to five days of in-person instruction, with virtual engagement as a option in the fall. 

Herring said more information about the 2021-22 school year would be available at the next scheduled board meeting on  April 12.

Atlanta Public Schools is the latest district to announce a return to in-person learning in the fall.

Cobb County Schools and Gwinnett County Public Schools announced they would both return to regualr, in-person instruction in the fall with virtual options. Both districts made their plans public just before the CDC released new guidelines for schools.  

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Some school systems are making changes earlier. Clarke County School District announced it would return to ful-time, in-person learning in April. 

The latest guidence from the CDC says elementary schools can safely separate students by at least 3 feet, rather than the previously recommended 6 feet, in classrooms where everyone is wearing a mask. Guidence says middle and high schools can also follow the 3-foot rule in classrooms, as long the community transmission risk is not high.


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