Fulton, Cherokee county schools to be all virtual next week

Fulton, Cherokee county schools to be all virtual next week
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ATLANTA — Thousands of students will learn virtually next week in metro Atlanta after two counties announce that they are temporarily closing in-person learning.

Fulton and Cherokee counties cite a rise in COVID-19 cases, including a new fast-spreading variant, as the cause of the change.

“We are now facing a post-holiday surge of positive cases impacting our ability to sufficiently operate schools; local hospitals report they are near or at capacity, and new information has been shared about vaccination availability to school personnel. These developments have all been part of the decision-making process leading to this delay,” Fulton County said in a news release.

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Students and staff will be remote learning from Jan. 11 through Jan. 15.

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“We understand this closing creates hardships, but it is a necessary measure which gives our students, families and employees the next 10 calendar days to get healthier,” Cherokee County schools said in a statement.

Click here for more information about Fulton County schools. Click here for more information about Cherokee County schools.

Henry County schools announced earlier this week it will be all-virtual until Jan. 25. Click here for more information.

Fulton County teachers may be forced to use sick days if they get COVID