Fulton County Students Return to Face-to-Face Instruction

Fulton County Schools students are returning to face-to-face instruction today. The school district maintains that in-person learning is the best educational model for students.

The district is no longer using the closing matrix or mitigation matrix. Employees and students are expected to follow the guidance outlined by the CDC and the Georgia Department of Health.

Masks are required, for now.

Masks are required indoors for all FCS schools and facilities through January 21. After that, masks will be optional and only mandated based on public health directives for those in quarantine.

Anyone who tests positive should isolate for five days.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, anyone who tests positive for the virus is required to isolate at home for five days. After the five-day isolation period, students and staff can return to school if they are asymptomatic and continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.

Accommodations are being made for students exposed during school.

Students who have been directly exposed due to a school exposure to COVID-19 can stay in school as long as they continue to wear a mask for ten days after the exposure and remain symptom free/asymptomatic.

Parents are asked to be vigilant.

Parents are urged to keep their children home if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, even beyond the five days if their symptoms have not improved or resolved. They are also encouraged to take advantage of vaccination and testing opportunities. Positive cases should be reported in the parent portal.

The district is offering support for impacted employees.

Due to the Omicron surge over the holidays, hundreds of Fulton County Schools employees have reported positive COVID-19 test results. District officials are expected to soon announce steps that will be taken to support the employees and their families.

Additional information about Fulton County Schools’ pandemic response and face-to-face instruction is available on the District Health Services page.

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