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Douglass High goes virtual after fire causes need for repairs, cleanup

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ATLANTA — A small fire at Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta forced an evacuation Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson with the Atlanta Fire Department said.

It started in a third floor boy's restroom. According to spokeswoman Alyssa Richardson, heavy black smoke filled the hallways. The fire was put out by the school's sprinkler system.

There have been no injures reported. She said the cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Thursday night, Atlanta Public Schools announced students and staff will pivot to virtual learning on Friday, Jan. 28 due to repairs, restoration and cleaning efforts. 

If a student needs a virtual learning device, has trouble with a device or has difficulty logging in, APS said to contact the school. Additionally, on Jan. 28 there will be pre-packaged breakfast and lunch meals at the school between 12:30- 2 p.m.

On Monday, Jan. 31, and Tuesday, Feb. 1, students will remain virtual, while teachers and staff will be able to go back to the building. Pre-packaged breakfast and lunch meals will also be available to students on these days during the same hours listed above. 

APS said students will return to in-person learning on Wednesday, Feb. 2. 

"The safety, security and well-being of our students and staff will always be a top priority at Douglass High School and in all Atlanta Public Schools," APS said in a release.