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COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates
Fulton County Schools works daily to ensure the health and well-being of our students and staff by developing, implementing, and delivering school health services throughout the year. Occasionally, extraordinary efforts are required to meet particular challenges, such as the recent concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19).
We are currently following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), the Fulton County Board of Health (FCBOH) as well as other local, state, and federal agencies to make sure we have the most up-to-date information available. This page has been established to provide these resources and communications from the district to our community members.
Building the Bridge to Success
Fulton County Schools is focused on recovery and transformational student achievement, growth, and success for the future. The district’s three-year comprehensive plan to do this is called “Bridge to Success.” Consisting of several strategic goals and program initiatives, the Bridge to Success plan aims to address the impact of the pandemic on lost instruction and learning, and ensure the safety of students, staff, and families. Leveraging more than $168 million dollars of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, the district will implement and execute the plan which incorporates evidence-based interventions to support accelerated learning opportunities for students, and ensure they record the highest academic growth averages in the Metro Atlanta area.
For more information about the Bridge to Success plan, visit https://www.fultonschools.org/bridgetosuccess.
Latest COVID-19 Announcements
Updated February 25, 2022
Today the CDC released new guidance eliminating the federal mask requirement on school buses effective immediately. Fulton County Schools (FCS) has been mask-optional since January 22, 2022, in all buildings and facilities and will now extend the mask-optional policy onto FCS buses and school transportation.
For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/face-masks-public-transportation.html
Updated February 4, 2022
In light of the recent Executive Order and COVID-19 information from Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health, FCS, with input and support from the FCBOH, is modifying the reporting guidelines for students. Effective, Monday, Jan 24th, parents only need to report positive COVID-19 cases to the Parent Portal. FCS Health Services and FCBOH will continue to case investigate and provide guidance to all positive student cases and any FCS sibling(s) related to the case. Please note the information below:
When can students report to school When do students need to stay home
- If you have a pending COVID-19 test and you are not exhibiting symptoms
- If you have an in-school exposure and are asymptomatic or symptom free. However, masks are recommended to be worn for the next 10 days while on campus or at any school-sponsored activity.
- If you have an exposure and have been vaccinated for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic or symptom free. However, masks are required to be worn at school for the next 10 days after this exposure.
You do not need to report a pending test or exposure to the Parent Portal
- If you have a positive COVID-19 test
- If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or illness
- If you have an exposure inside the home and are not vaccinated and you cannot separate from the positive individual at home – follow public health guidance which is to quarantine for 10 days and wear a mask for 5 days when you return.
- If you are not vaccinated but able to separate from the positive individual at home – quarantine for 5 days and wear a mask for 5 days when you return.
Positive tests should be reported to the Parent Portal.
The Response Team will provide guidance for all positive reports.
Just as a reminder, please do not come to school if you are sick. If you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, public health strongly recommends you be tested. We also strongly encourage families to participate in vaccination and testing opportunities.
For the latest Coronavirus Updates presented to the FCS Board by district staff, please visit the Board Meeting Video Archive.
Documents & Reports
Due to the nature of COVID-19, FCS guidelines are subject to change based on local data, and public health directives or guidance. Below are a few of the sources and reports used in making these decisions.
FCS COVID Reports
From Fulton County Schools
- FCS FoodStop Food Distribution Program
- Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line
- COVID-19 Resource in 13 Different Languages
From Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
From the CDC
- Facts About COVID-19
- Children and Coronavirus Disease
- CDC "After Travel" Precautions
- How to prepare and take action for COVID-19
From Georgia DOE & DPH