The Week with Dr. Lisa Herring – Week of April 12

We’re back! I hope everyone had a great Spring Break and started the final stretch of the school year refreshed and recharged. I know our first week was fully virtual, but we will be in our schools – for those families choosing in-person teaching and learning – on Monday, April 19.

We continue to push forward toward a full return to school as our schools, buildings, and community become healthier and safer environments thanks to our vaccination efforts and mitigation protocols. In the meantime, we will continue our surveillance testing across the district. Safety is the priority!

Summer Academic Recovery Academy

We know we have work to do to address learning loss over this past year. That’s why we’re excited to introduce our Summer Academic Recovery Academy. Registration is open now through the end of April and all of our students are welcome to attend.

Our summer academy will be a full-day program from June 2nd through June 30th, and it combines an academic recovery model with a focus on literacy and mathematics with our Power Up programming for students in grades PK-12. I encourage our families to register their children for this unique educational opportunity this summer. You can find more details on our website at

Plans for 2021-2022 school year

Remember, we will return to five days of in-person instruction each and every week for our 2021-2022 school year.

With this plan, all students will receive direct instruction on a traditional bell schedule. There will be no asynchronous instructional days nor simultaneous teaching. And, all schools are required to implement intervention, acceleration, and enrichment blocks.

Keep in mind that our default method of teaching will be face-to-face, but virtual learning pathways will be available through Atlanta Virtual Academy and Atlanta Virtual Academy Jr. We will be asking parents to inform us if they plan to enroll in AVA or AVA Jr. You can do that now through May 15 in the Parent Portal.

Much like face-to-face instruction, AVA and AVA Jr. will operate on a traditional bell schedule. There will be no asynchronous instructional days nor simultaneous teaching, and there will be an intervention block built into every school day.

For AVA Jr., students from kindergarten through fifth grade will receive direct instruction every school day. But AVA students in grades sixth through 12th will work through self-paced instruction five days per week.

Again, face-to-face instruction will become our default option next school year. You can select AVA or AVA Jr. in the Parent Portal. That selection must be made by May 15.

That’s The Week for this week. Thanks for your engagement through the rest of the school year. Stay safe and healthy and, of course, be well. 

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