Fulton schools to stay closed another day after coronavirus case

An employee with the Fulton County School System has tested positive for coronavirus, officials said Monday.

Fulton County schools has announced that students and teachers will remain out of the classroom Wednesday but most are expected to return Thursday.

A note posted to the district's website Tuesday evening explained the situation:

"All Fulton County schools will be closed on Wednesday, March 11, including all scheduled activities. Students and teachers will not report tomorrow. However, all central office employees and school-based employees, with the exception of Bear Creek Middle and Woodland Middle Schools, who work 210 through 235 days will report to their locations as usual on Wednesday, March 11."

"All Fulton County schools, with the exception of Bear Creek Middle and Woodland Middle Schools, will reopen to all students and staff on Thursday, March 12."

Fulton announced Monday that a teacher had tested positive for coronavirus. The teacher has classes at both Bear Creek and Woodland middle schools.

Those schools closed early Monday along with Creekside High, near Bear Creek, because the schools share staff and many families have students at both the middle and high schools.

The teacher fainted in class Friday at Bear Creek and South Fulton firefighters responded. Those three firefighters have now been quarantined.

The district’s Tuesday evening note said that Bear Creek will remain closed until Friday, March 20. The school will re-open Monday, March 23.

Woodland will remain closed until Tuesday, March 17 and re-open Wednesday, March 18, according to the district.


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Fulton closed all of its more than 100 schools Tuesday.

The time without students and staff in the classroom is supposed to give officials enough time to clean the schools and contact those who possibly interacted with the teacher, whose name has not been disclosed.

The Fulton school district accounts for 5% of the state’s 1.8 million students.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods recommended Tuesday that other school district remain open.

Fulton, the first district in Georgia to close classes, enrolls about 94,000 students and employed about 10,500 full-time personnel last school year.


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