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Welcome to the July 2020 edition of the Atlanta City Council District 6 eNewsletter. Below you will find some helpful information about issues in our District and City.

As always, I encourage your feedback and comments. Please contact me at (404) 330-6049 or jnide@atlantaga.gov if I can be of assistance. I appreciate the opportunity to be your voice in our city government.
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In This Issue

  • Atlanta City Council is in Recess
  • Honoring Congressman John Lewis
  • Atlanta Public Schools Update from Michelle Olympiadis

Atlanta City Council is in Recess

Atlanta City Council is officially on recess from July 20 to July 31. There is still a lot of work to be done in 2020 and it will resume with Full Council on August 3rd. In the meantime, please continue reaching out to our office with your needs:

Chief of Staff - Lance Orchid - LROrchid@atlantaga.gov
Dir. Contituent Services - Kent Strickland - KPStrickland@atlantaga.gov

Honoring Congressman John Lewis

By now you likely know that Atlanta icon, Congressman John Lewis passed away late last week. He was a great man. There is no real way to put it other than that. His lifelong commitment to justice and equality earned him a Presidential Medal of Freedom from the first Black president almost 50 years after being brutalized on the Edmund Pettis Bridge. I'm sure the poetic justice of the moment was not lost on either.

While Congressman Lewis' legacy fills entire books, there is a piece of his life's work that directly impacted District 6 for which we collectively owe a great deal of gratitude - his stand against Presidential Parkway which would have ravaged the area as we know it today. Then Councilmember Lewis was a newcomer to both politics and Atlanta City Hall, but it didn't take long before got into some "good trouble". In his first year he defied Council, Mayor Andrew Young, and President Carter himself with his opposition to the project. While the vote went forward without Lewis' support, his efforts helped drive a compromise that kept the parkway down to the two-lane configuration present today rather than the four-lane that was initially proposed. Without John Lewis, the landscape of our City and particularly our District would be drastically different. And for that, we are grateful.

Atlanta Public Schools Update from Michelle Olympiadis


Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has proposed opening the 2020-2021 school year utilizing a full virtual learning model, August 24. The Atlanta Board of Education (ABOE) approved moving the start date on first reading, during a special called meeting Monday, July 13th. The second and final reading is scheduled for the regularly scheduled Board meeting on August 3. The District’s plan, “Day One 2020 Return + Learn,” would move Day One for the 2020-2021 school year to Monday, August 24 with schools offering virtual learning programs for all students, and reduce the District’s instructional days to 170 for the school year.

APS staff will start on Monday, August 3, for two weeks of mostly virtual pre-planning with some in-person, small-group activities. These two weeks called Day One “Runway” will focus on family connections, team building, teacher planning and professional development, and safety planning.
As part of this plan, beginning the week of August 17, APS will conduct additional student assessments and get-to-know-you activities and set learning expectations for a strong start to an unconventional school year. The district is also focused on student wellness and preparation and will collect the most current contact information for every student.

This model will be maintained for at least the first nine weeks of school, or until the spread of COVID-19 has been reduced to minimal or moderate. The city of Atlanta has moved back to Stage 1 of its recovery process in light of the current COVID-19 trajectory. Fulton County has pulled back to Stage 1 of recovery as well. District administrators will continue to monitor and evaluate the spread of COVID-19 in Atlanta and the metro area, to determine when and if a return to in-person instruction is safe.


Michelle D. Olympiadis
Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education
District 3 Representative
130 Trinity Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
o 404.802.2255 | c 404-502-0725
michelle.olympiadis@atlanta.k12.us.ga
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