Closed by coronavirus, Fulton schools to give out meals at 21 sites

03/09/2020 — East Point, Georgia — A Fulton County Public Schools employee (left) handles a bottle of commercial disinfectant in the parking lot at Woodland Middle School in East Point, Monday, March 9, 2020. The Fulton County School system has decided to close schools on Tuesday after a teacher tested positive with the coronavirus. The teacher was at school on Friday before testing positive. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
03/09/2020 — East Point, Georgia — A Fulton County Public Schools employee (left) handles a bottle of commercial disinfectant in the parking lot at Woodland Middle School in East Point, Monday, March 9, 2020. The Fulton County School system has decided to close schools on Tuesday after a teacher tested positive with the coronavirus. The teacher was at school on Friday before testing positive. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)

Fulton County Schools gave out more than 30,000 meals over two days this week at six sites, but the district has now decided to expand the program to 21 locations.

School buildings, which provide the only consistent meal of the day for many children, were ordered shut by Gov. Brian Kemp to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The county’s board of education decided on the expansion Thursday during a virtual meeting.


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The meals will be distributed at the same sites the district uses for its "Seamless Summer" program, which usually gives meals to eligible families while school is out for summer break.

Now, the sites will give out meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

When asked by a board member earlier this week why the district doesn’t deliver the meals by bus, Superintendent Mike Looney said that wasn’t feasible or safe for his staff to come into contact with so many families during this pandemic.

“We’re trying to find a balance of having the appropriate number of employees and facilities open,” Looney previously said.


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The district has had three teachers test positive for COVID-19.

The first fainted in class at Bear Creek Middle School on Friday, March 6. The other teacher was last in class at Woodland Middle School on Monday, March 9.

These cases prompted the district to close all of its more than 100 schools for last week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then the district held classes on Thursday, which is when a third teacher — this one at Banneker High School — who was later diagnosed, came into contact with students and staff.


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Looney said at a board meeting last week that school buildings and district offices would close the next day "until further notice," making it the first in the state to do so. Then Kemp on Monday ordered the closure of public elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools through March.

Looney said earlier this week that the 94,000-student district likely wouldn’t re-open until after Spring Break, which is slated to start April 6.


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Here are the schools distributing food:

• Asa Hilliard Elementary
3353 Mount Olive Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30344

• Lake Forest Elementary
5920 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30328

• McNair Middle
2800 Burdett Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30349

• Brookview Elementary
3250 Hammarskjold Drive, East Point, Ga. 30344

• Hapeville Elementary
3440 N. Fulton Ave., Hapeville, Ga. 30354

• Sandy Springs Middle, 8750 Pride Place, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30350

• College Park Elementary
2075 Princeton Ave., College Park, Ga. 30337

• Liberty Point Elementary
9000 High Point Road, Union City, Ga. 30291

• Banneker High
6015 Feldwood Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30349

• Gullatt Elementary
6110 Dodson Drive, Union City, Ga. 30291

• Mimosa Elementary
1550 Warsaw Road, Roswell, Ga. 30076

• Creekside High
7405 Herndon Road, Fairburn, Ga. 30213

• Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary
2301 Connally Drive, East Point, Ga. 30344

• Vickery Mill Elementary
1201 Alpharetta St., Roswell, Ga. 30075

• Langston Hughes High
7510 Hall Road, Fairburn, Ga. 30213

• Ison Springs Elementary
8261 Ison Road, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30350

• Haynes Bridge Middle
10665 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, Ga. 30022

• Tri-Cities High
2575 Harris St., East Point, Ga. 30344

• Esther Jackson Elementary
1400 Martin Road, Roswell, Ga. 30076

• Holcomb Bridge Middle
2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, Ga. 30022

• Westlake High
2400 Union Road SW, Atlanta, Ga. 30331