APS Communicable Disease Update
October 17, 2014
Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:
As 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.
While 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).
APS 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.
The 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.
We 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 Public Schools.
Woolridge, RN, (firstname.lastname@example.org), (404) 802-2678
Harriet Chaney, RN, (email@example.com), (404) 802-2674
We continue to monitor this issue daily and are prepared to adjust our procedures should public health officials provide new information.
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
Atlanta Public Schools
The planning 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 Flexibility Options.
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.
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The Family 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 without consent.
One 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.
Also, upon 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 or transfer.
For more 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).
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S-U-C-C-E-S-S! Christian Lucas secured the top spot in the JCYMS Spelling Bee and Will represent Young at the APS Spelling Bee Feb. 2nd at Maynard Jackson High School! Way to go Christian! Thanks to Ms. Willingham, Mr. Siah, Ms. Smith, Ms. Gladden, Dr. Turner, Ms. Dewberry and Ms. Bailey for their participation in the JCYMS Spelling Bee! Great job!
Join us for JCYMS Math Night January 28th at 6pm in the JCYMS Parent Center.
Please join us to discuss the Charter System Petition and Cluster Planning for Atlanta Public Schools. Atlanta Public Schools (APS) wants to engage parents, students, employees, and community members to discuss the development of our Charter System Petition and Cluster Plans. Sessions will allow cluster stakeholders to learn more about the Charter System and provide input on future plans for our clusters and schools.
JCYMS 6th Graders embarked upon the most fantastic business and life skills journey ever at the Discovery Center's Junior Achievement Biztown at the GA World Congress Center. Junior Achievement BizTown creates a unique opportunity where 6th grade students are able to interact within a simulated macro-economy, and take on the role of employee, tax payer and consumer. During the visit to JA BizTown, students receive unique job assignments and work in teams at their assigned business. By the end of the simulation each student completes a day's work, develops a personal budget, deposits a paycheck at the bank and makes purchasing decisions. Bringing Education to Life The experience begins in the classroom with four weeks of JA-provided curriculum that culminates with a day at JA BizTown. The center is designed as an interactive marketplace representative of the local business community, including financial services, media, telecommunications, utilities, manufacturing and more. The center is authentic and interactive to create a transformational experience for all students. (JA Website)
The JCYMS Local School Council comprised of parents, teachers, and administration will meet and collaborate on ideas, initiatives and programs concerning Young on February 26th at 6pm! We are excited about progress!
The young men of the MY LIFE after school will initiate a canned food/ non-perishable items food drive to cap off the 1st semester of the 2014-15 school year. Please donate non-damaged, unopened food items to be donated to a local homeless shelter or church servicing the Cascade/Campbellton Rd. /Adamsville Communities. Every little bit helps!
District-wide Content Assessments begin this month. See Letter and Full Young Middle School testing schedule.
It is imperative that we promote a comfortable and welcoming environment in which our students and teachers feel safe, respected and competent.
Overall, students are doing great with adhering to
the“Big 4” :
1. Wear uniform daily
2. No profanity
3. No fighting
4. Be respectful to everyone.
If you have a concern regarding your child's attendance, grades, performance or discipline, please communicate with the teacher first and then with the administration. Teachers are more than willing to speak and conference with you.
Together, we can make a difference, and I hope this school year will be the beginning of a new journey for Jean Childs Young Middle with you in transitioning Jean Childs Young Middle School from GOOD to GREAT!