ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Atlanta Public Schools officials announced the closures of Thomasville Heights and Washington High School as APS Food Distribution Sites, after two APS employees who were volunteering tested positive for COVID-19.

Superintendent Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen posted a notification on the district’s website advising of the closures and confirming individuals who may have come in contact with the employees have been notified. She said the district will continue busing food to the two locations on Monday, April 20.

Dr. Carstarphen detailed logistics and safety plans in the notification:

In addition, APS nurses have been deployed to the eight remaining food distribution sites
to conduct on-site temperature checks and to ensure quality control among workers who
are expected to use masks and gloves and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Those
eight remaining food distribution sites are Bunche Middle School; Cleveland Avenue
Elementary School; Douglass High School; Hope-Hill Elementary School; King Middle
School; Phoenix Academy, formerly Alonzo A. Crim High School; Sylvan Hills Middle School;
and Young Middle School. Click here for more information about the District’s food
distribution sites.

In an effort to reduce exposure to and the spread of COVID-19, on Monday, April 13, the
District launched a redesigned meal distribution structure at its food sites, going from
providing meals five days a week to providing meals one day a week each Monday from 10
a.m. to Noon. Families are provided meals in a drive-thru or walk up style of service
designed to prevent large crowds from gathering and reducing the amount of time for each
interaction.

That structure remains in effect at the eight remaining sites; however, APS is actively
monitoring any health-related patterns at each site and will shut down any sites where
patterns emerge. With each passing update from federal, state, and local elected and health
officials, APS will revise its food distribution model to promote public health and safety
while also supporting our families during this crisis.

We encourage you to continue to practice the preventative measures provided by health
officials (click here for English or here for Spanish) to stop the spread of respiratory
diseases such as COVID-19. Whitefoord Health Clinics continue to be available to you as a
resource for most routine and urgent health needs, including COVID-19 testing. Telehealth
appointments are available and some visits such as immunizations or strep throat tests,
can be done while you wait in your car. Call their hotline number, (470) 427-2634 ext. 123,
or visit them online at https://www.whitefoord.org/covid19. You can learn more about
the District’s response to the impact of COVID-19 on our school community here:
http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/coronavirus.

Please remember to keep each other healthy and safe.

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