APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen: “It’s sobering how your decision can change the direction of people’s lives.”
I said to our team, “We need to prepare for the day when we have to shut down the district.” There were moments where I felt was pushing a wet noodle up a mountain. As things started escalating, we had to make decisions about staff travel, about kids and teams that had to go out of the state for sports. Should we be cancelling exchange programs? People were like, “You’re not really considering that?” I said, “We have to prepare a contingency plan that starts with the worst-case scenario.”
For our 21st Century Plague project, we spoke with 17 Georgians about the toll of COVID-19.