The Week with Dr. Lisa Herring – Week of March 29

Spring Break is upon us! A much-deserved break for sure!

I have no other homework for our students and their families and for our teachers and our staff than to take time to reconnect with your friends and love ones, take time to relax and enjoy the spring weather, and take the time to rejuvenate so you – so all of us – can commit to ending the school year strong.

And, remember, Don’t Wait! Vaccinate!

I do have a few reminders for Spring Break.

Virtual for Week after Spring Break

First, due to an expected high volume of staff and family travel during Spring Break, we are taking the precautionary step of transitioning to virtual instruction for the week of April 12-16.

All students will participate in classes virtually, and most staff will work remotely that week. We ask that those who plan to travel also plan to follow the travel guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, such as getting tested and quarantining.

Students who opted for face-to-face instruction may return to our schools for the week of April 19-23.

Five Days a Week in the Fall

As we look toward the 2021-2022 school year, we will return to five days of in-person instruction each and every week! We are opening our doors and are eager to welcome all of our students back into our schools for face-to-face teaching and learning.

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

While our default method of teaching will be face-to-face in our school buildings, virtual learning pathways will be available through Atlanta Virtual Academy (AVA) and Atlanta Virtual Academy Jr., (AVA Jr.).

For AVA (Grade levels 6-12), students will receive direct instruction five days per week and will be on a traditional bell schedule. There will be no asynchronous instructional days and no simultaneous teaching. An intervention block will be embedded into the school day and families can choose direct instruction five days per week or self-paced instruction.

Students in AVA Jr. (PreK-5) will receive direct instruction five days per week, they will be on a traditional bell schedule and an intervention block will be embedded into the school day. There will be no asynchronous instructional days and no simultaneous teaching.

Again, face-to-face instruction will become our main option next school year, but families will have an opportunity to enroll in virtual learning pathways. We will discuss all of this in greater detail during the Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 12. I encourage you to join us. That meeting will be held live on the Board of Education’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/apsboard and will also be available for viewing on-demand.

That’s The Week for this week. Please enjoy your Spring Break. Stay safe and healthy and, of course, be well. 

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