Atlanta Public Schools will close for two weeks or more due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said in a March 12 Twitter post.
She said APS schools will be open Friday, March 13 to “prepare for an extended leave starting Monday.”
She said APS anticipates being closed up to two weeks and “potentially extending beyond Spring Break,” which is scheduled for April 6-10.
All athletics and extracurricular activities are canceled as well, the district said in a press release.
In a press release, the district said that students will continue classes through “myBackpack,” its virtual learning platform, and other platforms. Students who do not have internet access or attend regional programs for special education will be provided with “other instructional materials” on March 13, the district said.
During this closure, APS students will continue learning through myBackpack, the District’s primary virtual learning platform, as well as other virtual learning platforms. Students who do not have access to the internet or devices, or students who attend regional programs for special education will be provided other instructional materials on Friday, March 13.
The district maintains a webpage with updates at atlantapublicschools.us/coronavirus.
For the latest information about the new coronavirus, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
Update: This story has been updated with further information from Atlanta Public Schools.