Superintendent Lisa Herring also discussed the plan at a Thursday town hall.
Atlanta students have been learning online since mid-March, when the district first closed school buildings.
Previously, district officials said one of the leading indicators in assessing whether it’s safe to reopen school buildings is the local incidence rate, or how many cases per 100,000 residents there are over a 14-day period. APS officials previously said that number should be below the 100-case threshold to reopen schools.
The Fulton County rate was 308 cases per 100,000 residents on Thursday.
In mid-October, APS backed off a plan to reopen schools. At the time, the Fulton County rate was about 140 cases per 100,000 residents. Instead of reopening this fall, officials said they would delay a return to classrooms until January, at the earliest.
On Thursday, Herring said the district will continue to watch that number, but is also focusing on how schools can mitigate risks through measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-washing.
“For now, it is important to note it is our goal to move towards a reopening,” she said.
The district is once again asking parents to submit an “intent to return declaration” that indicates if students will continue to learn online or if they will return to classrooms. The form is due Dec. 21.