Atlanta Public Schools will close school buildings on Monday and remain closed for at least two weeks amid growing concerns about the coronavirus.
Superintendent Meria Carstarphen announced the decision in a Thursday afternoon message posted on Twitter. The district later released a statement saying the closure will last “at least two weeks and potentially extend beyond spring break.” Spring break is April 6-10.
Carstarphen cited a recommendation made by Gov. Brian Kemp, who at a Thursday press conference said schools should consider closing down for two weeks beginning as "early as tomorrow." The governor said closures are not mandated.
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Carstarphen said students and staff should report to school on Friday. Schools will use that day to prepare for an expected extended closure and supply students with learning materials.
If employees or students feel sick, however, they should not show up for school Friday, the district said.
There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in APS, according to the district statement.
While school buildings are closed, APS students will use the district’s online platform to do school work.
“Students who do not have access to the internet or devices, or students who attend regional programs for special education will be provided other instructional materials on Friday, March 13,” the district said.
All APS athletics and extracurricular activities have been cancelled throughout this closure. District employees will work remotely during the closure, APS said.