In anticipating the possibility of virtual classes, Jewell has worked with the district’s director of transportation to have activity buses lined up to transport student athletes to and from their schools for practices. He’s also planning to have pre- or post-practice meals available for student athletes.
Atlanta’s sports teams started summer conditioning June 15 and have had few COVID-related interruptions, Jewell said.
“The beautiful thing about sports is it’s a situation where it’s totally up to the parent or student athlete to participate,’’ Jewell said. “It’s not something you’re mandated to do. So if a parent is comfortable enough to have their child participate in athletics, we want to give them every opportunity to be successful.’’
Ten APS schools play football. They are B.E.S.T. Academy, Carver, Douglass, Grady, Maynard Jackson, Mays, North Atlanta, South Atlanta, Therrell and Washington. Coretta Scott King Academy, an all-girls school, participates in the other fall sports, which are cross country, softball, volleyball and cheerleading.
The first date that football teams can hold mandatory practices are July 27. For the other fall sports, it’s Aug. 1.
APS would be the first district to announce a move to online-only learning in the fall. Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett schools have said they will offer students the alternative of online learning but keep buildings open for classes.