Category: Education

Atlanta Public Schools to hold virtual meetings on five reopening topics

Atlanta Public Schools will hold a series of virtual meetings to discuss five different topics as the district heads towards its virtual start of the school year on Aug. 24. The topics include high schools, early learning/kindergarten, Back-to-School Bash, ESOL and technology. The following is the list of meetings and topics. All meetings will be streamed on the APS Facebook page at facebook.com/AtlantaPublicSchools. Zoom and call-in information is in each listing. Thursday, Aug. 13, 5 p.m.: High Schools Fireside Chat Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94782473476  (A Spanish presentation will be available in the Zoom Room.) Call-in: US: +16465588656, 94782473476# Thursday, Aug. 13,...

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DeKalb Schools removes John Lewis memorial at namesake elementary school

For weeks, people added to a small memorial to civil right leader John Lewis at his namesake elementary school in Brookhaven. Now DeKalb County School District has removed the memorial and placed “one of the patriotic arrangements” inside the school, a spokesperson said. Brookhaven resident Lissie Stahlman, 67, started the memorial two days after Lewis’s death on July 17. She placed a potted mum and a photo at the elementary school sign at the entrance of the parking lot and posted about the memorial, which garnered more people to add their own tributes to Lewis. It is unclear exactly...

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Dunwoody mayor to host virtual back-to-school meeting with DeKalb Schools superintendent

Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch will host a virtual back-to-school meeting with DeKalb County School District Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris. The virtual meeting will be streamed on Zoom here and Facebook Live here at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13. Residents can email questions in advance to communications@dunwoodyga.gov. The meeting will focus on back-to-school plans, virtual learning and COVID-19 safety protocols. Watson-Harris started her position with DCSD on July 1 and immediately jumped into creating a COVID-19 reopening plan for the district. DCSD delayed its start date until Aug. 17 and will use remote learning until further notice. The DeKalb County...

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Grassroots memorial honors John Lewis at his namesake school in Brookhaven

It started with a potted mum and a photo. Now, a memorial to Civil Rights leader John Lewis at his namesake elementary school in Brookhaven has grown from one woman’s tribute to her hero into a small collection of signs, flowers and drawings to honor Lewis, who died July 17. “I was so distraught after his death, I decided I wanted to do something,” said Lissie Stahlman, 67, of Brookhaven. “I saw so many people going to the mural of him downtown, which is beautiful. I wanted to do something in our neighborhood, too.” Lewis represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional...

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Atlanta Public Schools millage rate hearings to come Aug. 10 and 17

The Atlanta Board of Education will hold three virtual hearings on its proposed millage rates for the fiscal year 2021 budget on Aug. 10 and 17. The rate determines the property tax revenue for the Atlanta Public Schools budget. The school board proposes maintaining the current millage rate of 20.740. The hearings will be held Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. All of the hearings will be broadcast on the school board’s Facebook page at facebook.com/apsboard. To sign up for public comments, click here. People also can dial in by phone...

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Atlanta school board sets opening day for Aug. 24; adds mask requirement, new positions

The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education officially set opening day for Aug. 24, with classes being held virtually for the first nine weeks due to the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases. In its Aug. 3 meeting, the board also approved a change in dress code requiring all students to wear masks when in-person classes resume and approved the reinstatement and creation of new staff positions. The district will spend $24.6 million over five years to lease laptops and iPads for 40,000 students, making sure every APS student has a device. Superintendent Lisa Herring received approval to reinstate four...

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DeKalb Schools to host Aug. 4 town hall on athletic programs’ COVID-19 precautions

DeKalb County School District will host a virtual town hall Aug. 4 to discuss how its athletic programs will enact COVID-19 safety precautions for student athletes and staff. The town hall will be streamed on DeKalb Schools TV here at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Four panelists, including Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris and Sandra Ford, director of the DeKalb County Board of Health, will discuss DCSD’s COVID-19 protocols and answer questions. Parents and community members can submit questions to Athletics_2020@dekalbschoolsga.org. DCSD’s COVID-19 reopening plans say the district will base its athletics plan on guidelines from the Georgia High School...

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Fulton County Schools to distribute school supplies at North Springs High Aug. 1

Fulton County Schools has a limited number of supplies available for parents who were unable to pre-register for this year’s First Day Fulton, a free back-to-school event on Aug. 1 at North Springs High School. Parents can stop by the school at 7447 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, Brian Noyes, school spokesperson, said. Community health partners will provide backpacks, school supplies and other goods on-site at the contact-free drive-thru event. Parents who pre-registered should still plan to attend at their scheduled time. The COVID-19...

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Atlanta Public Schools will hold series of virtual meetings for parents on reopening plan

Atlanta Public Schools will host a series of virtual meetings that will provide information on the district’s reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year. APS is inviting parents, community members, and partners to join Superintendent Lisa Herring and other leaders as they answer questions and share information in virtual discussion forums, all hosted on the district’s Facebook Live page: · Wednesday, July 29, 6 p.m. – Virtual Town Hall where Herring and district leaders will answer questions and share information about the reopening plan. · Thursday, July 30, 5 p.m. – Leaders will provide information and answer questions concerning...

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Former DeKalb Schools superintendent finalist claims Board of Education discriminated against him

A former DeKalb County School District superintendent finalist is claiming the DeKalb County Board of Education discriminated against him because of age and race, his attorney said. Rudolph “Rudy” Crew was named the sole finalist for the superintendent position in late April but ultimately rejected by the board of education after a 14-day public input period that is required by state law. The board rejected Crew in a 4-3 vote in mid-May and opted to hire Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris instead. Crew, who is the president of Medgar Evers College in New York and set to retire next year, now...

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Oglethorpe University postpones fall sports to 2021

Oglethorpe University will postpone its 2020 fall sports season to early next year. The Southern Athletic Association, a National College Athletic Association Division III conference which includes Oglethorpe athletics, announced its decision to suspend all athletic competition on July 16. “We, of course, are disappointed; however, we remain steadfast in our commitment to optimizing our university experience for everyone and look forward to a more positive future,” Oglethorpe President Nicholas Ladany said in a press release. Fall teams at Oglethorpe include cross country, soccer and volleyball. Parts of the basketball, golf and tennis seasons will also be affected. Students...

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Fulton County Schools seniors who fail to return devices could cost their parents plenty

Almost 500 mobile devices issued to seniors in Fulton County Schools during the 2019-2020 school year have not returned, and parents could find themselves being billed or even facing criminal charges if they don’t contact the school system. “It is imperative that these devices be returned, and we expect a 95% or greater return rate,” Emily Bell, chief information officer for Fulton County Schools (FCS), told the Board of Education at their July 14 meeting. A total of 5,830 mobile devices, such as laptops with chargers were distributed to senior students for the 2019-2020 school year. Of those, 5,339...

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