Atlanta area schools have spent the fall semester under a remote learning model. The school district has been planning to welcome students back to in-person classes starting in 2021, although the current surge in Covid cases this winter may change that start date. How are metro Atlanta schools handling Covid-19 if schools do reopen?
How metro Atlanta schools are preparing for in-person instruction
The Atlanta Public School district has provided a comprehensive Covid-19 preparation plan to help schools reopen in 2021, which you can read in full here.
In-person classes will follow new health guidelines to help keep students and staff safe
- Requiring face masks and personal protective equipment for all students and staff while inside school buildings
- Providing sanitizing stations to keep hands clean
- Routine screenings for Covid-19, such as temperature checks for all students and staff
- Posting signage reminding students and staff of new protocols and hygiene
- Facilities will undergo improved cleaning and disinfecting
- All schools will have response protocols in place in case a student or staff member tests positive for Covid-19.
In addition, several instructional models will be available so that families can ensure their child is getting the best education without compromising safety. These models include:
- Face-to-face: Students return to their normal school, following modified protocols and instructional procedures for the safety and students and staff.
- Site-based virtual: Students continue receiving virtual instruction at their normal school.
- Atlanta Virtual Academy: Students receive virtual instruction with the Atlanta Virtual Academy instead of the student’s normal school.
Should you send your child to school for in-person learning if schools do reopen?
Ultimately, whether or not you want to send your child to in-person classes is a personal choice. Only you can assess the risk in your unique situation, and whether sending your child to school could potentially harm someone in your family who is in a vulnerable population. These individuals include the elderly, someone who is immunocompromised, or someone who is pregnant.
Atlanta Public Schools is now providing Covid-19 statistics for all metro Atlanta schools, the risk rate, and the infection trend to help parents make the best decisions for their families and their child’s education. At present, the district has determined that the risk of Covid-19 is high with an increasing trend.
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