The following metro Atlanta school districts will be starting the new year with online-only classes due to the rise in coronavirus cases:
Atlanta Public Schools: Classes will be online-only Tuesday through Friday. Students are scheduled to return to in-person classes on Jan. 10. Students who need to pick up laptops or other virtual learning devices can do so at their school on Monday and Tuesday. In-person classes are scheduled to resume on Jan. 10.
DeKalb County Public Schools: Classes will be online-only from Wednesday through Jan. 7 Students will return to face-to-face instruction on Jan. 10.
Forsyth County Schools: Classes for Forsyth students will be online-only Thursday and Friday. The school district plans to return to in-person learning on Monday, but a final decision won’t be made until Friday, the district said in a statement. Students may pick up devices at their schools on Wednesday.
Rockdale County Public Schools: Classes will be online-only through Jan. 14. The district plans to return to in-person classes on Jan. 18. Staff, students, and families are urged to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to school buildings.
Susan Hogan is the education editor. She joined the AJC in 2020 as a story editor and later became an assistant senior editor. She previously worked for the Washington Post. As a reporter, she won numerous national honors, including a public service award for team reports on arson fires at South Carolina Black churches.