Atlanta Public Schools Considers Mandatory Summer Session Due to Pandemic

The Atlanta Public Schools (APS)  board met February 1st to consider implementing a mandatory summer school program for students that have fallen behind during the pandemic and need an in-person approach to learning to catch up.

Stakeholders also worry about the quality of education and developmental experience online learning offers students. 

While virtual learning is good to flatten the curve of the virus, it robs students of all other parts of the school system that aid learning and development.

If agreed to, the plan will focus on topics as far back as March 2020 when the lockdown began. 

Superintendent Lisa Herring state that the district is looking to resume physically for the whole school year, not just the summer program.

On their end, the teachers worry about their safety and the safety of their students. However, they seem to be outnumbered as officials and parents are pushing for students to go back to the classroom.

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