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Important Information - January 4th - 7th - Virtual Learning

January 1, 2022


SPARK Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope you are well and most importantly that you all are safe and healthy.

Per the district, Atlanta Public Schools will operate virtually next week for all students and all staff, after further review of district and community COVID-19 data.

Due to the rapid rise in positive cases in the metro Atlanta area, students will begin virtual classes Tuesday, Jan. 4 through Friday, Jan. 7. Our current plan is to resume in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 10.

The school start and end time will remain the same.  We will begin the day at 7:45 a.m. and we will end the day at 2:45 p.m.  Your child’s homeroom teacher will send you an email on Monday morning with their Zoom and virtual instruction schedule.  SPARK will move forward with our regular school day schedule to ensure that all students who receive additional supports throughout the day continue to receive those additional supports.  Please do your best to have children up and ready to participate in virtual instruction by 7:45am each day. 


Device Distribution

As such, students will need their devices for the week. We will start distributing devices Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The distribution schedule is below. 

8am – 9am

9am – 10am

10am – 11am

12pm – 1pm

1pm – 2pm

2pm –


Last Names

“A – C”

Last Names

“D - H”

Last Names

“I – O””

Last Names

“P – S”

Last Names

“T – Z”

Any Family


Because of space and the number of devices we will have to give out in a short period, we ask that you follow the schedule as much as possible. Under no circumstances will parents/guardians be allowed inside the building.  We ask that parents remain in their cars in the carpool lane and we will have staff deliver devices to your car. 


Please use your last name to determine when you should arrive to pick up your children’s devices.  If you are not able to make the time that is listed, you are welcome to come at any time. We have limited parking at SPARK Main Campus so do your best to come when you are scheduled.  If you have a device at home that your child can use then we encourage you to do that.


For Kindergarten families, you will need to pick up your child’s IPAD at the Kindergarten center. We apologize for the inconvenience of having to go to two different locations on Monday to pick up devices in the event that you have multiple children at SPARK.  You will follow the same schedule that is listed above.



If you do NOT have transportation to pick up your child’s device from SPARK, please click this link and complete the form.  Click here


5 Day Meal Kits

SPARK families are welcome to pick up a 5-day meal kit for your children on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the following locations:

    • Carver High School | 55 McDonough Boulevard, SE
    • Douglass High School | 225 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, NW
    • Garden Hills Elementary School | 285 Sheridan Drive, NE
    • Hope Hill Elementary School | 112 Boulevard, NE
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School | 545 Hill Street, SE
    • Sutton Middle School (Main Campus) | 2875 Northside Drive, NW
    • Sylvan Hills Middle School | 1461 Sylvan Road, SW
    • Young Middle School | 3116 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW


I understand the inconvenience that this may pose on your children and your family but please remember that Springdale Park is a part of Atlanta Public Schools and like the district, we want to do whatever we can to keep our students and staff safe. We ask that you give us some grace and be patient due the short time we had to plan. However, I promise we will be as organized as possible but with minor hiccups.


For more information, please click on the links below:


Vaccines & Surveillance Testing


COVID19 Reporting Form (Exposures & Positive Cases)


Quaran-Teaching at SPARK (Virtual Instruction)


COVID Protocols & Procedures at SPARK


Tips for Talking to Children about COVID19 


Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians and Caregivers


Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs


APS COVID-19 Public Health Data


Thank you kindly,

Terry Harness