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Please click on the link below to stay up to date this summer.

https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/coronavirus

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https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/domain/15101

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Common Sense

Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, has recognized Dobbs Elementary School as a Common Sense School.

To learn more about the criteria Dobbs met to become recognized as a Common Sense School, visit https://www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-schools.

 

APS Devices 

All students who are not returning to Atlanta Public Schools must return their APS devices.  The attached communication provides locations and times for device drop off. If students are returning to APS, they should keep their devices until we return in the fall.

Device Return Instructions

End of Year Teacher Car Parade

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Attention Parents: Families of our rising 6th graders are invited to participate in an upcoming Zoom Meeting with Long Middle School on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 3:30 PM. Please check Class Dojo for the Zoom meeting link.

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Parents and teachers,

If you haven’t already, please respond to the 2020 Census by the end of the school year. In less than 10 minutes, you can help ensure that we receive our share of funding for our students that will last a decade. 

We are eight weeks into data collection for the 2020 U.S. Census, and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) leadership has been actively monitoring Georgia’s self-response rates. Georgia’s response rate is currently 55.3 percent, putting us in 34th place out of all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. We can do better than that!

It is absolutely critical that our state has an accurate census count. The data collection from this will be the basis for all levels of legislative representation for the next decade and determines the amount of federal funding that will be distributed to programs in our community. The funding from the 2020 Census impacts programs that we use every day; such as Title I Grants, the National School Lunch Program, the Special Education Grant Program (IDEA), and many more.

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a series of challenges to our community. However, this means that it is more important than ever that we remain unified and do our best to help and serve our children and remain dedicated to their education.  

Thankfully, it is easier than ever to respond to the 2020 Census. Georgians can do it from the safety of their homes in one of three ways: online at my2020census.gov, over the phone at 1-844-330-2020, or by mail using the paper questionnaire they received. 

Remember… In Georgia, Every One Counts.  

5.12.2020 Superintendent Memo to APS Familes regarding important district updates. Read the full document hereHaga clic aquí para Español.

Virtual Parent Professional Learning Opportunities provided by the Office of Family Engagement

English Flyer    Spanish Flyer

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Four-Day Week for Instruction Beginning April 20th

We are moving to a four-day week for student instruction that will start on Monday, April 20th. We will maintain a five-day work week for staff. That means that students will receive assignments and graded work for only four days. Friday will allow teachers to work with students who need remediation and allow students to catch up on assignments, complete make-up work, or engage in other learning activities. Schools may also choose to use a portion of Fridays for professional learning for staff and hosting virtual office hours.

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Based on current health guidelines, Power Up is cancelled. Designated funds in support of these programs may be repurposed for fall extended learning. This will take into account the disruption in learning caused by COVID-19. A final decision regarding the summer bridge programs will be forthcoming.

 
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Please view the helpful resources below.
 
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Know the Facts PADV-English

Know the Facts PADV-Spanish

Letter to Families

COVID-19 PADV Infographic

De-escalation PADV Tips

COVID-19 Latin PADV flyer page 1

COVID-19 Latin PADV flyer page 2

COVID-19 Latin PADV flyer

COVID-19 Spanish PADV flyer
Coronavirus Updates and Alerts

Current District Communications about COVID-19

 https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/coronavirus

4.17.2020 Updated Frequently Asked Questions from APS Superintendent Town Hall on April 17, 2020.

Updated FAQs 4.17.2020

 4.16.2020 Superintendent Memo on the closure of food distribution at Thomasville Heights and Booker T. Washington High School. Read full memo hereHaga clic aquí para leer más.

4.13.2020 Superintendent Memo regarding important updates for APS Families. Read full memo here.  In Spanish.

 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.

4.1.2020 Revised Emergency Food Distribution Schedule for Spring Break and beyond. Click here to open printable flyer.   Haga clic aquí para español.

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.    

3.26.2020 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 KempHaga 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.

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During school closure days students can work on their digital learning activities by accessing APS MyBackPack and Google Classroom. The teachers at Dobbs will utilize Google Classroom for assignments and Class Dojo for communicating with parents.

Lyft Rides for Families

United Way in collaboration with Lyft is offering FREE rides for families. If families contact the 211 division, they can receive a one- time round trip via Lyft to a doctor's office, food pantry, etc.,

Families should:
Dial 2-1-1 via Phone or mobile device 24/7/365. Dial 2-1-1

Text their code & need to 898-211.

Download the free 2-1-1 app from your device's app store (search for 211)

Search United Way 211 database online for additional resources: http://211online.unitedwayatlanta.org/
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Click on the following links below for additional resources.

Pre-K PDF Flyer  

http://tinyAPS.com/?PreK_Home_Activities

Kindergarten PDF Flyer

http://tinyAPS.com/?Kind_Home_Activities

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Click here to access the Internet resources document.

Resources

Click here to view the full memo.

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Free Wifi Access
Comcast/XFinity is providing free Wi-Fi across the county.

Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

 https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/62032#APS

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