On September 18, 2014 Mayor Kasim Reed and Superintendent Carstarphen came to Humphries Elementary School to celebrate Blessings in a Backpack Day. On that date, Mayors in 55 other cities participated in the program. The Blessings in a Backpack Program gives students backpacks filled with non-perishable items on a weekly basis. This helps families feed students over the weekend. Presently, we have sponsors for 150 backpacks and hope to add more to the program. If you would like to donate to the Blessings in a Backpack program, please click on the link to the left and remember to mention our school. For more information and a video, click on the headline at the top of this article.
Principal Melanie Mitchell invited me out today to help with an incredible service project for the kids. While there she showed me how she and her staff are improving daily attendance, one child at a time.
you have seen on local, national and international news this week, health
authorities around the world are working to control an outbreak of Ebola virus
disease in several countries in West Africa.
there is no outbreak reported in Georgia, Atlanta Public Schools (APS)
understands that many parents may have questions about the precautions being
taken by the district as it relates to this virus. The APS Health Services
Office is collaborating with the local counties boards of Health, Georgia
Department of Public Health, the Georgia Department of Education and the U.S.
Department of Education to ensure that we are taking the appropriate actions
regarding this issue. They all work in
conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
has an established protocol
for identifying and reporting communicable diseases in our schools. We will continue to follow this protocol, as
well as the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Ebola Guidance for Schools.
Department of Public
Health has advised all school districts in Georgia to be aware of students
and their families who have traveled to Ebola-affected areas within the
previous 21 days.
encourage all of our parents, staff, teachers and families to continue good
general health prevention and hygiene practices and to monitor the well-being
of themselves and their children. If
you, your child or any member of your family experiences
any of the known signs and symptoms of Ebola or any communicable disease,
immediately contact your personal physician or closest health facility. Parents with a concern about exposure or any
questions should also contact our nursing services managers for Atlanta
Atlanta Public Schools is beginning the planning process to define the future
direction for each school cluster within the district. Our goal is to
build stronger schools and clusters to ensure high quality academics and
focused programming across the district.
process will include targeted and prioritized action steps needed to implement
each cluster plan. The cluster plan will guide the academic direction for
students within each cluster. The cluster plans will inform the FY16
Budget and, to the extent possible, the School System Operating Models and
We are asking community
members, parents and APS employees to take the survey below and share your opinion about the approaches that should be
included in the cluster plan for our school communities. The survey
closes Friday, October 17. 2014.
Parents of students in
grades K–12 have access to class schedules, attendance records and grades by
Campus Portal for Parents (CPP) which is an easy-to-use, secure communications
tool. Additionally, CPP enables parents to verify household information,
including their email address, home address and telephone numbers.
Contact your child’s
school to get your CPP activation key. Parents are required to request the
CPP activation key in person. To ensure that all student information remains
secure, parents must provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID card,
or passport) before receiving the CPP activation key. Once parents receive the
activation key, they can visit https://ic.apsk12.org/portal to create a
unique username and password.
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are
18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with
respect to the student's education records.
These rights include the right to provide written consent before the
school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's
education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure
exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school
officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the
school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member
(including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a
person serving on the school board. A
school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the
school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school
would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of
the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education
records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a
parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a
disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer
assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate
educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in
order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of
another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is
already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment
information about Student Records and disclosures, including directory
information, please refer to the Student Handbook, and Board Policy JR and
Administrative Regulation JR-1(R).