Previous District Communications about COVID-19
See below for all previous APS communications regarding COVID-19 actions beginning March 2, 2020.
5.12.2020 Superintendent Memo to APS Supervisors regarding Superintendent's Budget Memo. Read the full document here.
5.8.2020 Superintendent Memo to all APS Employees regarding follow up from Budget Town Hall. Read the full document here.
5.1.2020 Superintendent Memo to all APS Employees regarding budget outlook. Read the full document here.
5.1.2020 Human Resources Memo to all APS Supervisors regarding budget measures. Read the full document here.
4.27.2020 Superintendent Memo (English) to all APS Families. Read full document here.
4.27.2020 Superintendent Memo (Español) to all APS Families. Read full document here.
4.24.2020 Human Resources Memo to all APS Supervisors. Read full document here.
4.24.2020 Superintendent Memo to all APS Employess. Read full document here.
4.24.2020 FAQ from Virtual Town Hall on 4.23.2020. Read full document here.
4.23.2020 APS Unveils Proposal for Virtual, Traditional Ceremonies for Grad Nation 2020: #WorthTheWait. Read more here.
4.17.2020 Updated Frequently Asked Questions from APS Superintendent Town Hall on April 17, 2020.
4.11.20 Updated FAQ document from Superintendent Town Hall which took place on 4.3.2020. Read or print the full document here.
4.10.20 What is “hero pay?”
Hero pay is our way of recognizing those front line workers who continue to have to report to work in person, specifically those who clean our facilities, help distribute food to our families, and patrol our facilities for security purposes.
How much is hero pay and when will it start?
Designated workers will receive hero pay at a rate of time-and-a-half for all hours worked in person on site, beginning April 13.
Workers have been reporting in person before. Why don’t you make it retroactive and give them extra pay for the last three weeks too?
Our state constitution prohibits APS from giving what’s called “gratuities,” or gifts. Giving extra money for work that’s already been performed and compensated (like retroactive pay) would be a violation of this prohibition against gratuities. APS wants to do what it can to recognize these workers, so we’re starting hero pay the very first day back from Spring Break.
4.4.2020 APS Partner, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Will Continue to Provide Food to Families When APS is Closed for Spring Break (April 6-10). Families Should Text findfood to 888-976-2232/For Spanish text “comida” to the Same Number. Click here to read more.
El socio de APS, Atlanta Community Food Bank, continuará proporcionando alimentos a las familias durante el cierre de APS por vacaciones de primavera (6-10 de abril). Las familias deberán enviar el texto findfood al 888-976-2232 / o enviar el texto en español “comida” al mismo número. Haga clic aquí para leer más.
4.3.2020 Updated FAQ document from Superintendent Town Hall on 4.3.2020. These questions and answers are based on major themes posed during the March 26 and April 3 APS District Town Hall events. If further questions exist, please review the other information on this page or reach out to us by submitting a question on Let’s Talk. Read full document here.
4.3.2020 Superintendent Memo regarding important updates for APS Employees. Read full memo here.
4.1.2020 APS will remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the school year per Governor Kemp’s order. Click here to read more.
APS permenecerá cerrado para la instrucción en persona por el resto del año escolar, por orden del gobernador Kemp. Haga clic aquí para leer más.
3.31.2020 Superintendent Memo regarding Important COVID-19 Updates for APS Families and Stakeholders. Read the full memo to families here. [Haga clic aquí para español.] Read the memo to employees here.
3.30.2020 Deadline for APS Device Distribution is March 31 at 5 p.m. For APS families who missed our original device distribution window for your child’s school, we are doing a “last call” this week for device pick up. If your child does not have a device, it is very important that you contact your child’s school by Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. and let the school know that your child still needs a device. The District’s Technology team will assess those needs and make devices available for pick up starting on Thursday, April 2, at the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Learning and Leadership (CLL) at 130 Trinity Avenue SW, while supplies last. For requests properly submitted through the schools, you should expect to receive a call sometime on Thursday giving instructions to pick up your child’s device at CLL beginning on Thursday afternoon. Only students with pre-assigned devices can be supported through this process, and you must have an appointment before coming to pick up a device. There will not be any extra devices. Also, all ‘last call’ distributions will end on Friday April 3rd. The safety and health of our employees and the community is of utmost concern. Therefore, during this process, we continue to follow guidelines from public health officials. All devices will be pre-assigned to your child and they will be individually cleaned and packaged.
La fecha límite de distribución de dispositivos de APS es el 31 de marzo a las 5 p.m Para las familias de APS que perdieron el periodo de distribución de dispositivos original de la escuela de su hijo, estamos haciendo una "última llamada" esta semana para la entrega de un dispositivo. Si su hijo no tiene un dispositivo, es muy importante que usted se comunique con la escuela de su hijo antes del martes, 31 de marzo a las 5 pm y que le informe a la escuela que su hijo todavía necesita un dispositivo. El equipo de Tecnología del Distrito evaluará esas necesidades y tendrá los dispositivos disponibles para la entrega a partir del jueves, 2 de abril en las oficinas centrales, Alonzo A. Crim Center for Learning and Leadership (CLL) en 130 Trinity Avenue SW, hasta agotar existencias. Si las solicitudes son recibidas correctamente a través de las escuelas, usted recibirá una llamada durante el día jueves con instrucciones para que vaya a recoger el dispositivo de su hijo en CLL a partir del jueves por la tarde. Solo los estudiantes con dispositivos previamente asignados podrán recibir asistencia a través de este proceso, y usted deberá tener una cita antes de ir a recoger un dispositivo. No habrá dispositivos adicionales. Además, todas las distribuciones de 'última llamada' se finalizarán el viernes, 3 de abril. La seguridad y salud de nuestros empleados y la comunidad es motivo de gran preocupación. Por lo tanto, durante este proceso, seguiremos las pautas del CDC y del Departamento de Salud Pública. Todos los dispositivos serán previamente asignados a los estudiantes y serán limpiados y empaquetados individualmente.
3.27.2020 Memo to All APS Parents and Employees regarding two additional cases of COVID-19 in the District. Because APS has been closed for approximately two weeks, the employees' contact with others at APS was minimal. According to the Fulton County Board of Health (BOH), COVID-19 has now reached widespread community transmission in Georgia, meaning individuals are susceptible to the same level of exposure anywhere in the community at any time. Because of this, public health efforts are shifting to mitigation strategies, such as recommending quarantines and isolation as opposed to devoting time and resources to identifying the source of a COVID-19 infection. Read Superintendent Carstarphen's memo here. In Spanish
3.27.2020 Read FAQs from the APS Town Hall Virtual Q&A on Facebook Live on March 26, 2020. View or print full document here.
3.27.2020 Memo to All APS Employees Regarding Extended Closure: Following the notification below from the Superintendent that Atlanta Public Schools will remain closed through April 24th and possibly beyond, the district is implementing these social distancing guidelines for APS facilities and employees effective immediately in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community during school closure. Read more here.
3.26.2020 Important School Closure Update: Governor Brian Kemp announced today that all K-12 schools in Georgia will remain closed until at least Friday, April 24 in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In keeping with the Governor’s order, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will remain closed until at least Friday, April 24, until further notice. Please click here to review my memo dated March 23, 2020, for information and guidance on a number of key areas, including digital learning, device distribution, internet connectivity, health clinics, and more. Read the complete memo here.
APS permenecerá cerrado hasta el 24 de abril, por orden del gobernador Kemp. Haga clic aquí para leer más.
3.23.2020 Superintendent Memo regarding Important COVID-19 Updates for APS Families and Stakeholders. Read the full statement to parents here. [Haga clic aquí para español.] Click here for full statement to employees.
3.22.2020 Several internet providers have special offers for accessing the internet. You can access those resources by clicking here.
3.19.2020 The Fulton County Board of Health (BOH) notified Atlanta Public Schools (APS) of its first confirmed case of COVID-19. However, in this case, there is no exposure to students, and for staff there was no close contact with this employee based on an investigation by the Board of Health. The Board of Health is communicating directly with the employee and has directed the employee to self-quarantine. Based on their determination, public health officials do not have any other students or employees to interview at this time. Per guidance from health officials, the identity of the employee must be kept confidential, but we can disclose that the employee did work at North Atlanta High School. Read the full statement here. [Haga clic aquí para español.]
3.16.2020 Read an important memo from Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen, providing updates on COVID-19 and the District’s approach to supporting our children and families during the closure for teleschooling and teleworking.Click here for the memo. In Spanish.
3.16.2020 Whitefoord health clinics will remain open to serve the community with medical, dental, and behavioral health services during the Atlanta Public Schools’ closure for teleschooling and teleworking. Click here for the clinic schedule for the week of March 16 through March 20, 2020. [Haga clic aquí para español.]
3.15.2020 Comcast has announced that beginning March 16, they will offer 60 days of free internet through their Internet Essentials service to help low-income students and families get and stay connected to the internet during the impacts of COVID-19. Low-income families who live in a Comcast service area can sign up as new customers to receive 60 days of free Internet. According to Comcast, to qualify, applicants must be eligible for public-assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, or SSI. Visit www.internetessentials.com to enroll or call (855) 846-8376 for English or 855-765-6995 for Spanish.
Comcast ha anunciado que, a partir del 16 de marzo, ofrecerá 60 días de internet gratuito a través de su servicio de Internet Essentials para ayudar a los estudiantes y familias de bajos ingresos a mantenerse conectados a Internet durante los impactos de COVID-19. Las familias de bajos ingresos que viven en un área de servicio de Comcast pueden inscribirse como nuevos clientes para recibir 60 días de Internet gratis. Según Comcast, para calificar, los solicitantes deben ser elegibles para programas de asistencia pública como el Programa Nacional de Almuerzo Escolar, Asistencia de Vivienda, Medicaid, SNAP o SSI. Visite www.internetessentials.com para inscribirse o llame al (855) 846-8376 para inglés o 855-765-6995 para español.
3.14.2020 Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. Click Here to learn more.
Los puntos de acceso WiFi Xfinity en todo el país estarán disponibles para cualquier persona que los necesite de forma gratuita, incluidos los suscriptores de Internet que no sean miembros de Xfinity. Haga clic aquí para más información.
3.13.2020 Letter to All APS Families: Click here for emergency student meals distribution sites through APS. In Spanish. In addition, the Atlanta Community Food Bank has over 50 sites for food distribution. Click here for that list. El banco de alimentos de la comunidad de Atlanta tiene más de 50 sitios para distribución de alimentos. Haga clic aquí para la lista.
3.12.2020 Letter to All APS Families: The following update stating that APS will close all schools and offices beginning Monday, March 16, for at least two weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 was sent to all APS families on March 12. Click here to read the full text. In Spanish.
3.12.2020 Letter to All APS Employees: The following update stating that APS will close all schools and offices beginning Monday, March 16, for at least two weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 was sent to all employees on March 12. Click here to read the full text.
3.9.2020 Letter to All APS Families: The following update providing APS guidance on prevention, student attendance, student enrollment, re-entry of students, field trips, school facilities, athletic competitions and who to call in light of COVID-19 was distributed to all APS families on March 9, 2020. Click here to read the full text. In Spanish. In Italian. In Arabic. In Chinese. In French.
3.9.2020 Letter to All APS Employees: The following update providing APS guidance on work-related travel, personal travel, field trips, study abroad programs, student enrollment, student attendance, employee illness and reporting exposure was distributed to all APS employees on March 9, 2020. Click here to read the full text.
3.9.2020 Letter to All APS Supervisors: The following update on APS supervisors' roles in the District's COVID-19 response was distributed to all supervisors on March 9, 2020. Click here to read the full text.
3.6.2020 Letter to All APS Supervisors: The following update on APS supervisors' roles in the District's COVID-19 response was distributed to all APS supervisors on March 6, 2020. Click here to read the full text.
3.6.2020 Letter to All APS Employees: The following update on COVID-19 and District guidance on employee travel, exposure and prevention was distributed to all APS employees on March 6, 2020. Click here to read the full text.
3.2.2020 Letter to Parents and All APS Employees: The following update on APS' preparations for the COVID-19 was distributed to APS parents, caregivers and employees on March 2, 2020. Click here to read the full text. In Spanish.
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.