Floyd County Schools to move back to all virtual instruction until Sept. 8

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. — Floyd County Schools announced Thursday they will switch back to 100% remote learning after over 350 students have been forced to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19.

The district said 10 students and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The district said in-person learning will temporarily close to at all Floyd County Schools at the end of class Friday. Officials hope to restart in-person classes at all schools on Sept. 8.

Last week, school sofficials said more than 73 students were quarantined just two days into the school year at Coosa Middle School after one person was infected.

“Please know that this change in scenarios for ALL schools is not due to a large increase in positive COVID-19 cases, but instead, because of new guidance from the governor’s office forcing FCS to change the status of essential workers,” school officials wrote. “At no time has FCS knowingly allowed positive cases in our schools.”

School officials appear to be responding to Trump administration guidelines issued Thursday that would make teachers “critical infrastructure workers” and allow them to continue to teach after being exposed to COVID-19.

Kemp has not issued new guidelines asking Georgia school districts to follow Trump's new guidance.

Teachers have been asked to return to school on Monday and teach remotely from school buildings. Extracurricular athletic activities will continue due to the limited size of those groups.