During the first week of January, the Fulton County rate has topped more than 600 cases per 100,000 residents.
APS officials have cited a number of factors in the decision to reopen later this month. Those include growing vaccine availability, mitigation efforts to reduce the spread of the virus and the district’s experience with launching in-person intervention programs in November. Officials said they also considered how the district’s most vulnerable students would be impacted if learning remains online only.
Only a handful of schools, all at the elementary level, have greater than 60% of the students planning to return in-person. Those include Morningside and E. Rivers with 61%, Sarah Smith with 68%, Jackson with 78%, and Morris Brandon with 80%.
In schools with more than 60% of students returning, principals will be tasked with making adjustments, which could include schedule changes, to maintain safety protocols.
The AJC has requested plans detailing how those schools will respond.
In the fall and again in December, APS asked families to fill out forms choosing online or in-person learning.
In December, declaration forms were received for nearly two thirds of students attending the district’s traditional schools. If a form was not received, a student will remain in virtual classes. The district’s charter schools are making their own reopening plans.