ATLANTA – Atlanta Public Schools (APS) unveils a game management plan for district sporting events at both Grady and Lakewood stadiums to ensure a better game day experience for students, families and the surrounding community.
The “United We Play” campaign focuses on enhanced standards of behavior in and around APS sporting venues. This includes crowd management, ticketing, traffic and parking, and emergency planning. For the remainder of the season, the district wants all APS football fans to “huddle up and have a ball,” and wear their favorite APS school team gear, all while enjoying games in a safe and secure atmosphere.
“I want all of our communities and school clusters to have the confidence that we are very serious about our security measures so everyone can enjoy themselves,” said APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen. “The time has come for us to exercise more leadership across the district, and we will be asking everyone in the city to step forward with us.”
In advance of games this weekend, the district has updated safety and security planning with the Atlanta Police Department to improve the fan experience at both stadiums. These include:
For the long-term, the district is allowing more staffing flexibility on game nights and providing training for stadium employees in the form of drills and exercises. APS will also reach out to partners who have expertise in safety and security planning to review existing plans and communications for all major sporting events. “We need a district-wide conversation about how we establish norms in and around our extra-curricular activities, including a fan-civility policy and expanding our Social-Emotional Learning programming beyond the classroom and into our play spaces,” said Carstarphen.
To see a list of upcoming APS football games, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us/athletics.
Greetings D.M. Therrell High School Students and Parents,
The administrative team, faculty and support personnel are happy to welcome you to Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School. We anticipate an engaging year where we will collectively strive to foster an engaging environment. Our school houses the smartest students that are taught by the most capable teachers and stand by the belief of “Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day.” We will encourage and expect all students to have a productive 2016-2017 school year. We hope to assist you in making this upcoming year enjoyable both in academics and extra-curricular activities.
High expectations and accountability will be top priorities for all of us at Therrell High School. We must settle for nothing less than the BEST in OUR school! We will continue to focus on making our vision and mission the core of our daily work with children, teachers, and parents. We are creating a culture of college readiness and we will build shared understandings about what this means and ways parents and educators can work together to ensure that every D.M. Therrell student is prepared for the future.
We invite you to be an active participant in our school community through volunteering, joining our PTSA or supporting school events. Research clearly states that when parents participate and are involved in their child’s education, there is a greater likelihood of academic success for their child.
Please be reminded that D.M. Therrell High School is a uniform school. Students are expected to adhere to the uniform policy at all times. Please support our effort to create a safe and positive learning environment by ensuring your child is in uniform every day.
We look forward to continuing our work as partners and eagerly anticipate a meaningful year of learning and engagement for our students.
Shelly H. Powell, Principal
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