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Metro-Atlanta schools get ready to head back to school for 2023-2024 school year

Summer is about to be a wrap. Students in the metro-Atlanta area are preparing to head back to the classrooms next month with some of them starting the 2023-2024 school year on Aug. 1.

Many school districts, however, have scheduled back-to-school events in July to gear up for the big day. The events include free school supplies, health screenings and other resources for families, free food and live entertainment and other activities.

Here’s a look at key back-to-school events that are currently published on web sites for school districts that are in On Common Ground News’ readership areas:

Atlanta Public School District
First Day of School: Aug. 1

Back-to-School Bash

July 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Drive, Atlanta. Go to Halls C1, C2, which are located closest to Northside Drive

Back-to-School Bash is Atlanta Public Schools’ flagship event that provides FREE backpacks, school supplies, and resources for APS students and their families.
Pre-registration for the Back-to-School Bash closes July 14. Families are required to register to attend:


Onsite registration also will be provided upon arrival at the Back-to-School Bash.
For more info: 404-802-3500

DeKalb County School District
First Day of School, Aug. 7

A Back-to-School Rally will be held on Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., James R. Hallford Stadium, 3789 Memorial College Ave., Clarkston.

There will be free school supplies (while they last), resources for parents, health screenings, testing and vaccinations, live entertainment and a Fun Zone.

Fulton County Public Schools
First Day of School: Aug. 7

First Day Fulton Back-to-School Pep Rally

The First Day Fulton Back-to-School Pep Rally ois a free back-to-school event for Fulton County Schools parents and students to attend on Saturday, July 29, 2023, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place at two locations: Banneker High School and North Springs High School.

The First Day Fulton event is open ONLY to families with a student registered in Fulton County Schools. To help get families through the event check-in process as quickly as possible, please be prepared to show any of the following:

· A printout of the most recent report card for your student(s).

· Your Campus Parent mobile app already opened to your household page.

· A confirmation email from FCS that you have submitted a student registration application

To register your student(s) in Fulton County Schools:
Please visit the FCS Enrollment Page for more information about the registration process.

· If you already have a student registered in Fulton County Schools but have never used the online Parent Portal:
Please visit the Parent Portal Page to setup and activate your account.

· To download the Campus Parent mobile app (used to access the Parent Portal):
Please visit the Apple App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android) and search for “Campus Parent”

· Report cards can be accessed online at the Parent Portal until July 19 or obtained directly from the school

Gwinnett County Schools
First Day of School: Aug. 2
No further information available

Rockdale County Public Schools
First Day of School: Aug. 1

RCPS’s Back to School Bash will be held on Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Rockdale Career Academy, 1064 Culpepper Drive, Conyers. There will be face painting, Zumba, music, student registration assistance, haircuts, Clothing Closet, wellness visits and immunizations.

Open House

Open House for High Schools, July 26: Grades 10 and 11, 4 p.m.; Grades 9 and 12, 6 p.m.
Open House for Elementary Schools, Aug. 27, All day

Please check your school website (CLICK HERE) for specific times.

On Common Ground News will update this list as more information is provided.

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