The form was not sent to families of students at charter and partner schools.
Herring said more than 60% of the students at three north Atlanta elementary schools would have returned to classrooms. But, she noted, there were 16 schools were less than 20% of students would have done so.
The choice for the 16,200 families who didn't send in the forms defaulted to virtual instruction, she said.
She said the system will provide seven-day weekly meal kits including both breakfasts and lunches, starting Oct. 26. Distribution will be Mondays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 14 curbside pick-up locations or designated school bus routes.
High school football, volleyball, softball, and cross country teams will continue competing in front of stands without fans. “In addition, we expect our winter sports athletes to begin conditioning soon, following all health and safety protocols,” Herring wrote.