Officials with Atlanta Public Schools reversed the decision they made days after announcing that classes would be held in person for K-12 students after the holiday break. saying on SaturdayClasses will be held online only for the first week in the year.
The decision came “after further review of district and community Covid-19 data,” a statement from the district said. Due to high rates of infection in these counties, Clayton, Fulton, Fulton, and Rockdale counties are also holding off on the return of in-person classes.
The Georgia Department of Health reported that the state had more than 24,000 Covid-19 cases on Friday. According to a New York Times database, the state had an average of 14,343 cases per days for seven days as of Sunday. This is an increase of more than 700% in just two weeks.
Atlanta school district saw its second highest weekly rate of positive cases in the school year, with 306 students testing positive and 129 employees reporting positive. August saw 520 people sick. This was the highest positive rate.
Students who require laptops or other devices to take part in virtual classes are encouraged to bring them to school on Monday. Meal kits were available at eight schools around the city.
Atlanta Public Schools staff had to report to work Monday to complete mandatory Covid testing, unless they were ill.
“The data collected from staff testing will be used for future planning,” the district’s statement on Saturday said.
Students are expected back to in-person classes by Jan. 10.
Source: NY Times