Atlanta Public Schools to remain closed through spring break

Atlanta Public Schools will keep buildings closed through at least spring break, the district announced Monday.

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen announced the updated timeline in a letter posted Monday on the district's website.

“We’ve previously shared that APS would remain closed for teleschooling and teleworking through at least March 31 and possibly through Spring Break (April 6 – 10) and beyond. Given recent guidance from health officials and governmental actions from various elected officials, we anticipate that APS will remain closed at least through Monday, April 13 and possibly beyond. I want to share this information with you now to allow you as much time as possible to prepare for this length of closure,” the letter stated.

The new timeline extends the amount of time school buildings are closed. Schools have been asking students to participate in online and at-home learning while buildings are closed.

On March 12, APS announced it would close buildings beginning March 16 for at least two weeks.

Then, Gov. Brian Kemp ordered all schools to be closed through the end of March. In a Monday address, Kemp announced additional measures, such as banning gatherings of 10 or more people "unless you can maintain at least six feet between people at all times."

He said: “The Department of Public Health will be empowered to close any business, establishment, non-profit, or organization for noncompliance. These measures were developed using guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Georgia Department of Public Health. This order will go into effect at noon tomorrow and expire at noon on Monday, April 6, 2020.”

The Atlanta school district’s spring break is from April 6-10.