Fulton County says some schools can be mask-optional beginning today

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Fulton County Schools said because of the dropping rate of infection of COVID-19, there are several schools that can transition to mask-optional beginning today.

The school system tweeted Tuesday that all FCS schools and administrative facilities in Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Sandy Springs will allow masks to be optional. It’s because the rate of infection dropped below 100 per 100,000 residents for two consecutive epidemiology reports.

Earlier this month, Fulton County Superintendent Mike Looney announced he plans to lift the mask mandate 30 days after students, ages 5 to 11, become eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The FDA’s advisory panel endorsed Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for children 5 to 11. The FDA is expected to issue an emergency use authorization to allow the vaccine to be administered to younger people in the next several days.

Looney said masks will still be required on buses due to a federal order.

Based upon data from the Fulton County Board of Health (FCBOH) on October 26, 2021, FCS schools and admin facilities in...

Posted by Fulton County Schools on Tuesday, October 26, 2021