8.11 Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet (August 10 – 15)

Office of Communications and Public Engagement
130 Trinity Avenue SW | Atlanta, Georgia 30303


Ian Smith, Executive Director
404-802-2855, office
404-603-6934, cell


Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager
404-802-2891, office
404-406-5570, cell


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

August 11, 2020


Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet (August 10 – 15)


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 Manager.  Thank you for your interest in Atlanta Public Schools!


Update on Atlanta Public Schools’ Progress Toward Day One: August 24



APS Begins Meal Distribution Program, Families Must Pre-Order Meals by Midnight on August 17 for Delivery on Day One, August 24
APS began providing meals for all children in the community on Monday, August 10, and will provide them again on Monday, August 17 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Five-day meal bags with five breakfast meals and five lunch meals will be distributed at the 12 schools listed below. You can get those meals via walk up or drive-thru or on these APS bus routes:


BEST Academy/CSKYWLA               

1190 Northwest Dr, NW


Bunche Middle School                     

1925 Niskey Lake Rd., SW


Carver High School                          

55 McDonough Blvd., SE


Douglass High School                      

225 Hamilton E Holmes Dr., NW


John Lewis Middle School                

1890 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy., NE


King Middle School                          

545 Hill St., SE


Maynard H. Jackson High School     

801 Glenwood Ave., SE


Mays High School                            

3450 Benjamin E. Mays Dr., SW



(formerly Alonzo Crim High School)

256 Clifton St., SE


South Atlanta High School               

800 Hutchens Rd., SE


Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy  

1626 Westhaven Dr., SW


Washington High School                 

45 Whitehouse Dr., SW


Starting August 24, all APS families must pre-order meals for each week through the MySchoolBucks online pre-order system. Those orders must be placed no later than one week before distribution. For example, you must order your meals by midnight on Monday, August 17 for bus delivery or curbside pickup at one of our school sites on Monday, August 24, the first day of school, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.


Also, these 21 APS schools will participate in the Federal Eligibility Application (FEA) program this school year, which offers free and reduced meals to qualifying students. All students at FEA schools must apply to qualify for free or reduced meals by completing the online FEA form.



District to Host Two Fireside Chats, August 13

Join Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring and other senior administrators at two fireside chats on Thursday, August 13, focused on high schools and early education.


The high school fireside chat is at 5 p.m., on Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/94782473476. The fireside chat on early education will begin at 6 p.m., on Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/94401022281. It will provide more details about the District’s Take Flight: APS Kinder Experience.


For children entering kindergarten in the fall, APS is excited to offer a high-quality, hands-on, and interactive experience that helps the District’s most curious and creative learners build self-esteem, social skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. After all, an early start is key to a brighter future. It is an opportunity to learn more about enrollment and the day-in-the-life of an APS kindergartner! The District’s committed and talented teachers have developed an engaging online learning experience for young learners for the 2020-2021 school year. 


Parents and caregivers should register their kindergartners for school today at https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/kinderenroll, and join the fireside chat on Thursday at 6 p.m. on Zoom (listed above) for a one-hour session designed to help families and children transition into a virtual kindergarten classroom.


Spanish interpretation will be available in the Zoom room for both events and they will both be broadcast on the District’s Facebook page (@AtlantaPublicSchools).


Important Information for Parents/Caregivers:  Student Registration Process is Ongoing

Parents and caregivers are reminded that students should register when they are new to the District, entering grades K, 6, or 9 and whenever a change of address occurs. If none of these are applicable, and the school has up-to-date and accurate contact information, there is no need to register.


However, those needing to complete the enrollment process may do so conveniently online at www.atlanta.k12.ga.us/enrollment. APS will finalize enrollments via email, so parents will not have to visit their child’s school in person.  If additional information is needed, APS will contact to the parent/caregiver.


APS Facebook in Spanish

APS recently launched a Facebook page for its Spanish-speaking families. This page will further enhance District efforts to provide families with educational and wellness resources in their native language. APS is excited that this page will allow its World Languages team to connect with families in new ways. Learn more at




About Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 52,000 students across 87 schools. The District is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 58 traditional schools, 18 charter schools, six partner schools, two citywide single-gender academies and three alternative programs. To learn more about Atlanta Public Schools, follow us on social media – Twitter (@apsupdate), Facebook (Atlanta Public Schools), and Instagram (apsupdate) – or visit us online at www.atlantapublicschools.us.