Welcome Back for the 2022-23 School Year!
Fulton County Schools (FCS) continues to be the fourth largest school district in Georgia with a projected 2022-23 enrollment of approximately 89,450 students. The system includes 108 schools – 59 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 19 high schools, 10 start-up charter schools, and 1 full-time virtual school.
This is the place to find all the info you need for the new school year, including our "What's New for 2022" list that every parent, student and community member should know. More news and information about recent board updates and district events/achievements can be found on our FCS News Website.
School Safety and Security
Recent events in our nation have drawn attention to school safety, and Fulton County Schools is committed to providing safe and secure learning environments. The district has historically been committed to safety resources and currently has one of the largest school police forces in Georgia. This year, the district has increased additional non-sworn personnel called Campus Security Associates (CSAs) to help secure schools and buildings throughout the district. In addition to the increased number of CSAs in our schools, the district is providing enhanced police training for all officers. While annual safety and security training for all school administrators continues, the FCS School Safety Advisory Committee continues to proactively review the school district’s safety protocols. The district has video surveillance camera systems in every school. This year, additional schools have been updated with Avigilon Video Surveillance cameras to allow FCS Safety and Security and FCS Police teams to monitor activities in and around facilities. FCS will continue to prepare for an active shooter situation. We will be implementing the “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol. Elementary schools will train staff to lead students in Run, Hide, Fight, and secondary schools will train staff and students in the protocol.
Most district COVID-19 protocols have not changed since last school year. Masks will remain optional in all district buildings and on buses when conditions allow. The district is ordering and distributing additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to schools. Per Centers for Disease Control and Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines, all persons with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis are required to isolate. Students and staff who have had a direct exposure to COVID-19 while attending school or participating in school activities may be exempt from quarantine, providing they remain symptom-free, and do not test positive for COVID-19. Mask-wearing for 10 days following a direct exposure is recommended but not required.
Federal funds to support free meals have expired and Fulton County Schools will return to offering healthy meals daily at a reasonable price. At elementary schools, the price for breakfast is $1.10 and lunch is $2.45. For middle and high schools, the price for breakfast is $1.25 and lunch is $2.70. Students may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. A NEW application must be completed for the Free & Reduced Meal Benefits Program. Families are strongly encouraged to pre-pay for student meals through the MyPaymentsPlus online payment system by visiting www.mypaymentsplus.com. Cash or check payments may also be accepted at your child’s school.
Due to a bus driver shortage, transportation challenges are expected to affect bus routes and on-time arrivals at schools this year. Parents and students are encouraged to sign up for our free “Here Comes the Bus” app that allows students and parents to track their bus in real-time. Alerts notify when the bus is just a few blocks away from the bus stop, offering safety for students and peace of mind for parents.
At the end of last school year, all devices for students in grades 3-12 were collected and have been through a stringent summer cleaning process. As students in grades 3-12 return, they will be issued a cleaned device at their enrolled school for the 2022-2023 school year. Students in PreK – 2nd grade will have class sets of devices, enough for each student to have a device to use while at school. The district has started deploying these devices to schools and will continue deployments through the month of August. Click here for information about the Information Technology (IT) Division.
Grading and Reporting
A new Grading and Reporting policy goes into effect in August when school starts. Some of the major changes include a revised K-2 grading scale, allowable deductions for late work/missing assignments, and standardized grading categories and weights.
Code of Conduct
Fulton County Schools has revised the Student Code of Conduct to include new behaviors considered unacceptable as well as upgraded consequence ranges. The new Code of Conduct is available online. Every parent/guardian must sign the "Acknowledgement of Receipt Form" within their Infinite Campus Parent Portal account or stop by their school front office to sign a printed form.
New Cell Phone Policy
Students are required to put phones away starting this school year. Elementary school students will be prohibited from using any form of personal communication device during school hours. Students in grades 6-12 will not be allowed to use them during class time but can if they are instructed to by a teacher.
English/Language Arts Resources
The district will implement new Reading/English Language Arts resources this school year. The resources are aligned to the Science of Reading. With this implementation, students and parents will see an increased focus on instruction related to phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and writing.