Students and staff at Fulton County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools will be attending classes remotely on Dec. 6 as many schools serve as polling stations in the statewide runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat.
According to an FCS press release, the day was originally scheduled to be an in-person school day.
Atlanta Public Schools also announced that it will be a virtual learning day for all schools and district departments. Twenty-nine APS facilities will be active polling stations, and another three locations will be ballot drop-off locations.
On that day, APS will transition to virtual learning “to support quality teaching and learning while balancing the safety and security of academics and staff,” according to an APS news release.
Remote work will ensure the safety of students and staff. As the second round of elections is expected to have a high voter turnout, a large number of people will visit the school campuses. The additional traffic could also create congestion on campus with overcrowded parking lots, which could affect bus and car lanes, according to FCS.
School districts will return to face-to-face instruction on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.
Neither candidate for the U.S. Senate seat — incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker — won more than 50 percent of the vote, so the election goes to a runoff under election law.
Students will receive referrals from their schools and teachers for distance learning.