The Fulton school district is the fourth largest in Georgia, with more than 93,500 students. The county holds a tenth of Georgia’s population. Whether they have students or not, people have been interested in what the school district does because of the potential ripples. It presents a workforce issue because staff may be unable to return to work if they have to care for their child at home.
Fulton was the first to shut down its school buildings because of COVID-19. Fulton schools shut down its buildings to students and staff “until further notice” starting March 13 and remained that way until the school year ended.
The district made the big decision quickly after two teachers were confirmed to have COVID-19.
The first teacher fainted in class at Bear Creek Middle School on Friday, March 6. The other teacher was last in class on Monday, March 9. Those cases prompted the district to close all of its more than 100 schools for two days and parents to do some last-minute juggling of schedules. After re-opening briefly, another employee got sick and then the district shut down buildings for good.
Fulton quickly bought laptops and formed a digital learning plan to keep students learning, but all admit it is no perfect replacement for in-person learning.
Kemp has banned cities and counties from adopting rules requiring masks