The move to virtual learning is happening at a time when coronavirus cases are surging due to the highly contagious delta variant and low vaccination rates in the state, according to health officials. Children under age 12 are not yet eligible for vaccines.
As of last week, confirmed COVID-19 cases among children were at their highest point of the pandemic, according to health data.
Fulton County Schools began the school year on Aug. 9 and required masks at all but 15 schools in Johns Creek. Within days it extended to mask policy to all facilities due to a surge in coronavirus cases.
But the mask mandate was met with outcry and protests from some parents. The district then proposed a mask-optional campus, but recently dropped the plan due to a lack of interest.
Earlier this month, three grades of students at three different Fulton County schools temporarily pivoted to remote learning: Sixth graders at Crabapple Middle School in Roswell; sixth graders at Sandtown Middle School; and first graders at Ocee Elementary School in Johns Creek.
The district had previously switched the eighth grade class at Camp Creek Middle School and the fifth-grade class Lake Windward Elementary School to remote learning temporarily.