Posted on: April 10, 2020 Posted by: Staff Writer Comments: 0

Fulton County Changes Food Distribution Protocol

Starting the week of April 13th, Fulton County Schools will change its protocol to comply with additional guidance from the Georgia Department of Education regarding new precautions from the Center for Disease Control around employees reporting to work for essential functions. The school system will only be providing meals on Wednesday, April 15 for next week. Meal distribution will take place at all 21 locations but are canceled on Monday,…

Posted on: April 10, 2020 Posted by: Staff Writer Comments: 0

Gwinnett and Cobb County Schools Transition to Four Day Work Weeks

In correspondence sent to parents, both Gwinnett County and Cobb County Schools have opted to transition to a four day work week starting April 13 after hearing from hundreds of parents around how online learning is going for students and parents. Both districts opt for digital learning for Monday through Thursday and opt for Friday to be an opportunity for students to independently review their progress from the previous group…

Posted on: April 7, 2020 Posted by: Staff Writer Comments: 0

Federal Waiver Approved Federal Assessment Waiver- No CCRPI for 2020 or State Testing

Immediately following the closure of metro Atlanta schools for two weeks on March 16th, Superintendent Roger Woods took the step to suspend teacher and leader evaluation and state assessment, and consequences with attendance. Followed by an announcement of the United States Department of Education that encouraged states to request waivers from federal assessments, Georgia filed its intent with approval on March 30. No state testing – including Georgia Milestones EOGs…

Posted on: April 7, 2020 Posted by: Brittany White Comments: 0

Remote Learning: Is This How it’s Supposed to Be?

Whew. What a crazy time we’re in. With the nation shutting down over COVID-19, schools have transitioned to online/remote learning. As a result of this announcement, teachers were forced to take their weekends to plan for online instruction to begin the next Monday. Even in the metro Atlanta area, administrators have been monitoring teachers’ compliance by randomly popping into their online class sessions and requiring online attendance at faculty meetings. …

Posted on: April 6, 2020 Posted by: Staff Writer Comments: 0

Starting April 13, Atlanta Public Schools Will Offer Front Line Workers ‘Hero Pay’

Even though the last day of in person instruction stopped on March 13, 2020, some of Atlanta Public Schools Front Line Workers will receive hero pay. While teachers and principals work to finish out distance learning to the end of the year, other employees such as food and nutrition, safety, facilities have to do their work in their physical buildings. Starting on April 13, Atlanta Public Schools will begin to…

Posted on: April 6, 2020 Posted by: Staff Writer Comments: 0

Changes to Advanced Placement Will Focus on Access and Preparation for 2019-2020 Exams

As the country has shifted to virtual learning, it looks likes the College Board, the organization behind Advanced Placement has issued new guidelines for schools effected by COVID-19 closures. The most telling one is that all exams will now be digital, 45 minutes long with a heavy concentration of early semester learning. Now that students will be taking the abbreviated tests at home using a a computer, tablet, or phone;…

Posted on: April 5, 2020 Posted by: Staff Writer Comments: 0

Atlanta Community Feedback Will Serve Food During Metro Area Spring Break

The Atlanta Community Food Bank will serve for Fulton County Schools families at 10 locations on April 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ACFB works with over 600 nonprofits including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers—to distribute over 60 million meals to more than 755,000 people in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. We are partnering with schools to feed families who have…

Posted on: April 3, 2020 Posted by: Staff Writer Comments: 0

COVID-19: School is Closed in Georgia: 5 Questions for Parents

Today at a 4:00 news conference, Governor Kemp announced that physical school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the school year. While a relief for some parents, for others it was a shocking turn of events that have left parents shocked, overwhelmed and anxious about what’s next. “I’m shocked. I know we’re to continue to have online school, but I’m disappointed for my son who graduates this year.”…

Posted on: June 28, 2019 Posted by: Brittany White Comments: 0

We Need Teachers: The Case of Mass Vacancies

The 2018-2019 school year is over and we are well into summertime. Classrooms are packed, students are enjoying their favorite summer activities, and teachers are (hopefully) in recovery mode. Administrators are looking towards the next school year, reflecting on data and setting goals. But there’s just one problem. As of June 15th, there are hundreds of teaching positions that have not been filled for the upcoming school year. With summer…

Posted on: March 28, 2019 Posted by: Brittany White Comments: 0

Spring is Here: Teachers, Take Care of Yourself.

The weather is warming up. The trees are blooming. The days are longer. Spring is in full effect. Most school districts here in Georgia are gearing up for Spring Break in the next week or so. If you’re not in the school system, you don’t really understand the great need for teachers (and students) to have that well-anticipated break! The stretch between the two-week semester break in December/January and Spring…