Metro Atlanta Back To School Dates and Deadlines

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By Amanda Cooper

Updated: July 20, 2020 - 6:35 PM 

The countdown has begun for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Due to COVID-19, school officials finalized plans that aligned with their efforts to ensure the safety and health of the staff and students as well as provide quality learning options.

We have compiled a list of metro school districts that include start dates and more information regarding available learning options for students K-12. 


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Atlanta Public Schools 

The Atlanta Board of Education decided to delay the first official day of school by two weeks, moving it from Monday, August 10, to Monday, August 24. Teachers and students will resume teaching and learning within a virtual model until further notice.  

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Clayton County Schools 

Clayton County Public Schools start back to school  Aug 10 with virtual learning. 

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Cobb County Schools 

Cobb County schools announced Thursday that the district will go to 100% remote learning starting August 17.

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DeKalb County Schools

The DeKalb County school board will delay the start of the 2020-2021 school year to Aug. 17, 2020, and open schools with distance/remote learning model to account for the current substantial spread of COVID-19. . According to the District's website, The Georgia Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Education, has released guidance to help schools plan for a safe return to in-person instruction in fall 2020.


Douglas County Schools 

The Douglas County School System has made the decision to begin the 2020-2021 school year with remote learning for all students. In addition, the first day of lessons will be delayed until August 17.

For more information click here.


Fayette County Schools 

Fayette County Schools begins August 10. Parents of Fayette County students will receive a survey asking them to indicate which educational option they prefer when school resumes. The survey must be completed by July 22.  The two options given are the classroom or students can participate in virtual learning. 

The classroom option provides different instructional settings based on the level of concern regarding COVID-19 cases. If parents choose the full-time virtual school option, students can participate in extracurricular activities at their brick and mortar school. 

Each student enrolled full-time in a virtual school will be provided with a Chromebook. There are resources available for families who do not have an internet connection. If the parent or guardian does not make a survey selection, the default selection will be Option 1.

School begins on August 10. To read more, visit


Forsyth County Schools

The school year begins August 6 for Forsyth County students. K-12 students will have two options: face-to-face classroom learning or virtual learning. 

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Fulton County Schools

For students in Fulton County School, the first day of school was changed from August 10 to August 17. During a virtual school board meeting on July 16, Superindent Dr. Mike Looney announced all Fulton County Schools that the school year will start 100% remotely on August 17.

Click here for more information and visit to register your student.


Gwinnett County Schools

The Gwinnett County Schools are set to start on August 12. The School Board announced on July 20 that they reversed their decision on a hybrid model and will start the school year with all virtual learning.

Click here for more about these decisions and updated plans.


Henry County Schools 

Henry County Schools will begin on August 17 with virtual learning only. 

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Marietta City Schools 

Marietta City Schools will start on August 4 and will begin virtually for all students, PreK-12.


Rockdale County Schools 

Rockdale County School Officials announced that the year would start on August 24, and only virtual learning will available for all students. 

The first official day of school will be September 8. On that day, the District will begin with a hybrid model of in-person and virtual learning.

The complete approved RCPS 2020-2021 School Year Calendar can be found at