11.29 APS Weekly News Tip Sheet (Week of November 29, 2021)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

November 29, 2021

Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet (November 29 – December 4)

Editors/Producers/Reporters: The following is a list of events, programs, accomplishments and/or initiatives occurring in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) this week. Please use it as a guide as you develop your coverage plans.

Members of the media are invited to attend all events on the Weekly APS News Tip Sheet. If you have an interest in these stories, please contact Seth Coleman, Media Relations Director. Thank you for your interest in Atlanta Public Schools!

(Tuesday, November 30) Atlanta Public Schools to Operate as Normal on Runoff Election Day, Tuesday


Several Atlanta Public Schools buildings will be polling sites for Tuesday’s runoff elections. Schools will be open and operating as normal. Members of the media are asked to refrain from visiting school polling sites, due to safety and logistical concerns.


(Friday, December 3) Carver Advances to State Football Semifinals


Carver High School has advanced to the semifinals of the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) Class 3A state football playoffs.


The Panthers (10-2) are in the semifinals for the second time in five seasons after defeating Burke County 46-14 in last week’s quarterfinals. Carver outscored Burke County 25-7 in the first quarter and led 46-7 at halftime. Quarterback Bryce Bowens passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two in the win. Bowens scored on runs of 30 and 20 yards while passing to Tobias Robinson (70 yards), Quintavious Davis (50) and Deandre Buchannon (60). Quintavious Lockett scored on touchdown runs of 50 and 5 yards.


Carver will travel to Pierce County, the defending Class 3A state champions, for the semifinal round on Friday. Pierce County defeated Carver in last year’s quarterfinals.


Community Members Urged to Participate in District’s Facilities Master Plan Process


Atlanta Public Schools is seeking community input in the district’s Facilities Master Plan and will host a virtual community meeting on Monday, December 13, 6 – 7:30 PM.


This informational meeting will share the background of the work to date, current enrollment data, estimated future enrollment, and the potential impact those projections have on school buildings.

Community and staff may register to attend this meeting at http://tinyAPS.com/?FMPDecember. Additionally, the community is encouraged to provide feedback and share ideas through the APS Let’s Talk portal, available 24 hours a day.


The current Facilities Master Plan timeline includes presenting school options to the APS Board of Education in late March 2022. Following review by the APS Board of Education, the options will be shared with the public during Community Conversations in all nine APS clusters in April 2022. The final recommendations will be presented to the Superintendent at the end of April 2022, followed by an anticipated first reading of the final recommendations by the APS Board of Education in early May 2022. A second reading is anticipated at the beginning of June 2022.


The completed Facilities Master Plan will make recommendations to address capacity and enrollment in APS facilities over the next five (2025-2026 school year) and next 10 years (2030-2031 school year). It will include recommendations for the best and highest uses for district properties, as well as a property disposal plan. 


Atlanta Public Schools Announces Hiring of Epidemiologist and School Based Health Coordinator


Juliana Prieto and Twanna House will serve as the Epidemiologist and School Based Health Coordinator, respectively, for Atlanta Public Schools. The hirings are in keeping with the district’s commitment to maintaining the health and well-being of its students and employees.

Prieto most recently worked as an epidemiologist with the Fulton County Board of Health, managing and investigating reportable infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Prior to that, she worked as an epidemiologist working on the Zika Virus response with the Florida Department of Health.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Psychology from University of Miami and her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida, with a concentration in Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health. She is currently attending Georgia State University where she is pursuing her Doctor of Public Health degree.

Her areas of interest include infectious diseases and infection prevention and control, creating public/private partnerships with community organizations to increase public health’s role, and addressing issues that contribute to health disparities.

House will serve all APS schools to coordinate health initiatives in collaboration with the community partners and school-based health partners. She will assist with monitoring quality improvement processes for school-based health services and serve on the school-based health advisory teams.

House has more than 18 years of public health, environmental health, school-based nutrition, and leadership experience. She has a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health.

Both Prieto and House will be valuable assets and additions to the APS Health Services team.


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