Atlanta Public Schools to Mandate Testing for Staff After Labor Day

Starting after Labor Day, Atlanta Public School employees will be required to be tested twice weekly in an attempt to curb the rising COVID-19 numbers in the district.

”Surveillance testing will allow us to keep up our momentum of quality, in-person learning and minimize the risk for everyone. Even if you are fully vaccinated, or have no symptoms, you may unknowingly expose others to the COVID-19 virus.”

Lisa Herring, Superintendent Atlanta Public Schools

This announcement comes after Decatur City Schools announced the possibility of making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for both students and staff this past Wednesday. Currently, for the week of August 20 For the week ending Aug. 20, APS reported 395 COVID-19 cases among staff and students.

Currently, districtwide, 19% of more than 21,000 eligible Atlanta Public Schools students were vaccinated by late last month while the employee rate is about 58%.

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