Fulton County Schools superintendent tests positive for COVID-19

Fulton County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney tested positive for COVID-19. (Curtis Compton/AJC FILE PHOTO)

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Fulton County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney tested positive for COVID-19. (Curtis Compton/AJC FILE PHOTO)

Fulton County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, but is poised to return to work after a period of quarantine.

District spokesman Brian Noyes said Looney “has had mild symptoms” and is “feeling better.”

Looney has received the COVID-19 vaccine, Noyes said.

The superintendent began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms on Sept. 2 and “took sick leave in accordance with district protocol,” Noyes said. Thursday marked Looney’s final day of quarantine, and he is now symptom and fever free, Noyes said.

“He plans to return to the office and follow all physical distancing guidelines,” Noyes said.

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Looney was hired as the superintendent of the state’s fourth-largest school system in 2019. In March 2020, Fulton was the first district in metro Atlanta to close school buildings after a teacher tested positive for the virus.

He’s the most recent of several high-profile education leaders in Georgia to contract the coronavirus.

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Lisa Herring recovered from COVID-19 after testing positive last fall. In July, Richard Woods, Georgia superintendent of schools, also tested positive.