ATLANTA – Atlanta Public Schools (APS) unveils a game management plan for district sporting events at both Grady and Lakewood stadiums to ensure a better game day experience for students, families and the surrounding community.
The “United We Play” campaign focuses on enhanced standards of behavior in and around APS sporting venues. This includes crowd management, ticketing, traffic and parking, and emergency planning. For the remainder of the season, the district wants all APS football fans to “huddle up and have a ball,” and wear their favorite APS school team gear, all while enjoying games in a safe and secure atmosphere.
“I want all of our communities and school clusters to have the confidence that we are very serious about our security measures so everyone can enjoy themselves,” said APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen. “The time has come for us to exercise more leadership across the district, and we will be asking everyone in the city to step forward with us.”
In advance of games this weekend, the district has updated safety and security planning with the Atlanta Police Department to improve the fan experience at both stadiums. These include:
· Creating a more visible police presence both inside and outside Grady and Lakewood stadiums, including assigning more marked vehicles outside the stadiums
· Managing ticketing procedures to ensure quicker service and shorter lines
· Assigning perimeter security officers around the stadiums to focus on pedestrians walking to and from the games through neighborhoods
· Improving security mobility with use of additional vehicles for quicker responses
For the long-term, the district is allowing more staffing flexibility on game nights and providing training for stadium employees in the form of drills and exercises. APS will also reach out to partners who have expertise in safety and security planning to review existing plans and communications for all major sporting events. “We need a district-wide conversation about how we establish norms in and around our extra-curricular activities, including a fan-civility policy and expanding our Social-Emotional Learning programming beyond the classroom and into our play spaces,” said Carstarphen.
To see a list of upcoming APS football games, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us/athletics.
Parents, Students and Staff,
As we continue to work through the events of Friday night, we have gathered a list of internal and external supports for our students, staff, and families who may need additional support immediately, over this weekend and through the coming days.
We have been able to expand our services and offer the following to anyone affected:
· For APS families, Pathways – one of the district’s providers of comprehensive mental health support – has behavioral or mental health professionals available by phones beginning today. They can provide guidance and support to any APS family in need of services. Please call any of the following numbers between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.:
· (404) 403-2303
· (404) 450-6526
· (404) 579-7386
· (404) 450-6538
· (404) 450-2077
· (404) 378-2300
After 8 p.m. please contact (404) 378-2300 only.
· Our Employee Assistance Program is available for any staff member needing assistance. Employees needing immediate help may contact the assistance provider, FEI, at 1 (800) 638-3327. A counselor will take the call, assess what additional support is needed, and provide details regarding next steps.
On Tuesday, employees should contact the APS Employment Engagement Coordinator, Sonya Hunte, at (404) 802-2370.
Also on Tuesday, Crisis Teams of counselors, school psychologists, and social workers will provide support to students and staff at Grady, Carver and Crim. Our staff will be ready to offer additional support to all schools in the Grady and Carver clusters.
In addition, our social and emotional learning (SEL) teams will provide principals with resources and activities/strategies teachers can use in their classrooms this week. Our SEL partner has been notified of Friday’s event and is providing additional support to our internal SEL team as well.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school support staff or to our support staff in APS Student Services with questions. We are here to help and support.
Hello. I am Dawn M. Parker, your new Principal at the NEW Crim Open Campus, 21st Century Learning Center. This school has been re-designed to offer our students a customized, academically driven program that is geared towards helping each student graduate ready for Career and/or College. We are proud of the gains that we have made over the past several years, and we look forward to building an even stronger learning environment for our families in the upcoming year.
Our Vision, Mission and Motto are as follows:
To provide students with a circle of support that leads to the development of resilient and empowered students.
To inspire and challenge students to learn, grow and accomplish academic, social and post-secondary goals
"Building Hopes and Dreams"
As we enter into the 2014-2015 school year it will be important for us to work together to ensure that each student is afforded opportunities which live up to these standards. Also, as partners, open and honest communication will be key; therefore, I am including very important dates that will help all of us to have a great start for this New Year. Please consider taking time out of your busy schedules to attend the following:
1) “Drop In and Meet the New Principal” gathering on July 22, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Media Center. If you are interested in learning more about me, the vision and direction of the school and/or have any questions, please feel free to stop by and chat.
2) On July 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free Back - to - School Immunizations are offered for APS families at Southside Medical Center, 1046 Ridge Ave. SW Atlanta 30315.
3) Back to School “Open House” will be held on August 1, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to tour the school, learn about what programs and courses we offer, as well as to ask questions.
4) August 4, 2014 is the first day of school. Please make sure that your child has all of the necessary paperwork and immunizations to start on day 1. Please note that the classes offered to your child are 9 weeks in length, so EVERY day counts!
Thank you for allowing me to serve your student at the New Crim Open Campus, 21st Century Learning Center. Through our partnership together, great things will happen for our students!