Nearly 1,000 Fulton County students in quarantine just days into school year

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Nearly 1,000 students and staff at Fulton County Schools are currently in quarantine just one week into the school year.

The district reported 306 new COVID-19 cases for the week of August 6. Students returned to school on Aug. 9.

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The district’s high schools appear to be the hardest hit. Westlake and Langston Hughes high schools were both reporting 13 cases. Johns Creek High reported 11 cases and Alpharetta High reported 10 cases.

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Fulton County has 94,400 students enrolled across 59 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 19 high schools, 10 charter organizations and one virtual school.

Last week, the district mandated masks as the highly-contagious delta variant of the virus spread rapidly in Georgia.

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The district has announced it will open a “learning hub” in which masks are optional in September.

Across metro Atlanta, schools reported more than 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 since the start of the school year.