State of Georgia COVID-19 Hotline: (844) 442-2681
If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not arrive unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is closely monitoring all developments related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and we take this and any other health-related concern very seriously. District officials will remain in close contact with local, state, and federal agencies – such as the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the Fulton County Board of Health (BOH), the Dekalb County Board of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the latest information on this disease.
In this case, many of the decisions and plans around quarantines or school closures will be led by the federal government with assistance from state emergency management officials. We have received guidance from those agencies and are incorporating key components into the District’s emergency management practices. We will provide updated information to students, families and District employees as we receive directives from local, state, and federal health officials.
Scroll to the bottom of this page for an up-to-date list of alerts and important information distributed by the CDC and the Department of Public Health.
Current District Communications about COVID-19
5.29.2020 Human Resources Memo to APS Supervisors. Read the full memo here.
5.27.2020 Superintendent Memo to all APS Employees. Read the full memo here.
5.15.2020 Superintendent Memo to all APS Employees regarding important district updates. Read the full document here.
At a district level, APS strongly encourages students, schools, families and staff to engage in a few protective measures as encouraged by the World Health Organization:
- Practice social distancing by avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
- Avoid crowded places where close contact with others may occur, such as shopping centers, movie theaters, and stadiums.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Keep surfaces frequently touched (sinks, door handles, faucets, desks, etc.) sanitize
- Do not report to school or work if you are il. If you experience symptoms, get medical care early!
Upon any notification by an official source that an APS student or employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we will institute our emergency management protocols, which includes notification of the APS community and further strengthening of health and preventive measures and infection control precautionary measures. We will adhere to guidance provided by the Department of Public Health related to containment, quarantine, safety measures, etc.
- We will continue to provide updated information to students, families, and employees as we receive directives from local, state, and federal health officials.
- Additionally, it has never been more important than now for parents to log into the campus portal for parents and update their preferences for emergency notifications, which include robo-calls, text messages and e-mails. Visit the portal at http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/CPP.
Below are important government publications along with links to alerts and additional information.
ALERTS IMPORTANT LINKS
The APS health alert link is a method of sharing information to parents, students, staff, and communities about urgent public health and school health notices. Updates are received from state, federal, local public health and education agencies.