Atlanta Public Schools calendar change would rename Columbus Day

Feb 05, 2020 213

BY: Vanessa McCray

Atlanta Public Schools would no longer recognize Columbus Day as a school holiday under a proposed calendar change. The move would be largely symbolic, since the district would instead give students and staff the same day off for Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Both days fall on Oct. 12, 2020. 

APS has historically marked the holiday on its calendars as Columbus Day, but the board on Monday signaled unanimous support to change the holiday to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. A vote to finalize the change and make it official is expected at an upcoming board meeting.

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