APS superintendent responds to parent criticism for overnight pivot to virtual learning

Atlanta Public Schools is one of several metro districts that decided to go virtual this week as Omicron cases take over Georgia.

On New Years Day, APS tweeted that students would stay home and learn on laptops. But just the day before, the district told families that classes would be in-person.

The short time frame left many parents scrambling, and a district Twitter thread announcing the learning change erupted.

Parents accused the district of shifting the burden onto kids and families, and of poor planning. Others applauded APS for their choice to keep children safe from surging COVID-19 cases.

WABE’s “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress asked APS Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring to respond to criticism from parents, and why the overnight switch?

APS officials are preparing to reopen schools for in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 10, with new health and safety protocols added onto existing ones. Students can also get tested for COVID-19 this week.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.