July 31, 2014
Dear Students and Families of Atlanta Public Schools,
We’re only a few days away from the first day of the 2014-15 academic year! We want to make sure you know that Monday, August 4 is not only the first day of school; it’s the first day of instruction. We’re relying on you to join the Atlanta Public SchoolsDay One: Be There campaign by attending school on the first day and every school day afterward. As we count down to August 4, please be aware of two important matters:
Upcoming districtwide open houses and other back-to-school events
You’re invited to attend an open house at your local school on Friday, August 1. At the open house, you will be able to meet your principal and some of your child’s teachers, as well as learn about your school’s unique features and programs for students. Open house times are as follows:
In addition, on August 1 and August 2, school employees, members of the Atlanta Board of Education and community partners will host several back-to-school events throughout the city. For a complete list of events, please visit atlantapublicschools.us/dayone.
Status of our efforts to be Day One ready
To make sure our schools are Day One ready, we’ve identified close to 10,000 back-to-school tasks.
So far, we’ve completed nearly 70 percent—more than 7,700 tasks—compared to the 65 percent of tasks completed by this time last year. We’ve made progress, but we still have much more ground to cover. Professionals in our schools and offices have been working together every day, including weekends, to track and troubleshoot challenges as they arise. Listed below is the status of our work in the seven key areas that many parents and employees have brought to our attention:
Atlanta Public Schools
Day One Update – As of July 31, 2014
In the next few days, I will share another update with you. You have my commitment to be open and honest about where we stand in getting our schools ready for teaching and learning. We are working to make sure our schools are safe, supportive environments that nurture the greatness that exists in every child.
Day One: Be There. See you August 4!
Meria J. Carstarphen