6.17 APS Observing Juneteenth as a Staff Holiday


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June 17, 2020 

Atlanta Public Schools Observing Juneteenth as a Staff Holiday


(Atlanta) — Atlanta Public Schools announced today that they will observe Friday, June 19, 2020 as a paid staff holiday. “We are adjusting the employee work calendars to designate this Friday, June 19th as a paid staff holiday in recognition of Juneteenth.  With a pandemic and civil unrest in these times, I can think of no better time for allowing all APS employees to take the day (no vacation day leave required) to be able to process, celebrate and engage as they see fit given the historic significance of June 19, 1865” said Meria Carstarphen. 


District offices and school buildings will be closed. Employees who must work on June 19 for safety and security purposes will have the opportunity to observe the paid holiday on another date designated in coordination with their supervisor.


See Superintendent Carstarphen’s full message on her blog:




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