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A chart created by Atlanta Public Schools outlines the proposed plan for the re-opening of schools across the district. The proposal pushes the original first day of school for students back two weeks to allow teachers and faculty time to prepare for the virtual start to the school year.

Community reacts to the district’s proposal for school re-opening

July 11, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring proposed a two week delay to the beginning of the 2020-21 school year and nine weeks of virtual learning in response to local, state and national health statistics. The ...

Chair of the Henry W. Grady Naming Committee Leslie Grant outlined the series of Facebook Live meetings that will take place. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 30.

Community, alumni deliberate school name change

July 7, 2020

The Atlanta school board’s committee to rename Grady outlined the process to consider proposals to change the school’s name.  The July...

Superintendent Dr. Herring spoke with Atlanta Public Schools student publications to discuss her plans for the 2020-2021 school year. As well as touching on  schools reopening, Herring detailed her

Superintendent Herring lays plans for first year

July 1, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools will wait until early to mid-July to announce which instructional model it chooses for the 2020-2021 school year, new Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring said today. Herring said the rate of spread of the coronavirus will determine reopening plans...

The southerner sat down with Dr. Lisa Herring, sole finalist for APS superintendent, to discuss pertinent issues that face the district.

Q & A with sole superintendent finalist Dr. Lisa Herring

April 30, 2020

Dr. Lisa Herring, current superintendent of Birmingham City Schools, was announced on April 21 as the sole finalist for the superintendent of Atlanta Pub...

MADE WITH LOVE: During the virtual town hall, Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen held up a mask her mother sewed and encouraged others to sew masks.

Seniors end classes May 1, virtual learning shifts to four-day week

April 18, 2020

Starting April 20, Atlanta Public Schools will move to a four-day week for virtual learning, with the fifth day of the week open for teachers to hold ...

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen speaks at a virtual media roundtable about the impact COVId-19 has had the 2019-2020 school year.

Superintendent clarifies plan for remainder of school year

April 2, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen gave details on the state's decision to close school for all in-person instruction for the r...

Freshman Brian Edwards works from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Recent announcements regarding school closures through the end of the 2019-2020 school year have left students grappling with the extended reality of online school.

Parents, teachers, students react to school closure for rest of school year

April 1, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools announced Wednesday that the school district would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the 2019-2020 school ye...

APS confirms it first case of COVID-19. The unnamed North Atlanta employee did not have contact with students or faculty.

APS confirms first COVID-19 case, reports students/faculty unexposed

March 20, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Caratarphen announced the district’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 Thursday, Mar. 19. Health offic...

Emergency departments manage many patients with serious complications of the flu, sometimes having to send especially ill patients to the ICU.

Influenza season peaks early

January 24, 2020

More than 8,000 people in the U.S. have died of influenza this flu season, according to the CDC. According to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prev...

Preparations take place for the Fifth Democratic Debate at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. This debate highlighted contrasts among candidates but also offered the most even playing field since the primary began.

Fifth Democratic Debate showcases both policy differences and party unity

November 21, 2019

The fifth Democratic Presidential Debate held by MSNBC and the Washington Post highlighted divisions between the 10 candidates vying for the Democratic...

Orchestra teacher Krissi Davis (left) reacts to being announced the winner of Atlanta Public School's

Orchestra director Davis named district’s teacher of the year

October 31, 2019

Orchestra for Krissi Davis is more than just teaching students to be musicians. “I recognize that orchestra is more to my kids than just playing in...

Georgia Tech Public Policy professor Dr. Richard Barke weighs in on the announcement to begin a formal impeachment hearing for president Donald Trump. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the decision to begin the inquiry on Sept. 23.

Impeachment Inquiry: A conversation with Dr. Richard Barke, Georgia Tech public policy professor

September 26, 2019

Dr. Richard Barke is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. The Southerner contacted Dr. Barke to ask about the impeach...

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