Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has announced its plan to make up the instructional time lost during recent weather closures by adding 30 minutes to the end of the day from Jan. 29 through March 30.

This means:

· Elementary schools will release at 3 p.m.

· High schools will release at 4 p.m.

· Middle schools will release at 4:35 p.m.

Schools not operating on the district bell schedule will also add 30 minutes to their instructional day and should be contacted directly for schedule information.

Before making a decision on a plan for make-up days, APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen wanted to hear directly from stakeholders in APS. The district gathered feedback from parents, principals, students, staff, and the community and issued a survey on the topic, outlining six options for making up the missed days. By the Jan. 21 deadline, 14,421 people had completed the survey, selecting the option to extend the school day by 30 minutes.

“With each school cancellation, I grew more concerned about the significant loss of instructional time our students had suffered,” said Dr. Carstarphen. “Although Atlanta Public Schools has the flexibility and autonomy with operational decisions and is therefore not required by the state to make up days, we know that it’s important to identify possible options for our community to consider and weigh in on. Stakeholder feedback influenced our decision significantly.”

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.