Fulton County

Fulton County Schools closed on Wednesday over coronavirus fears

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — All Fulton County schools will be closed on Wednesday, including all scheduled activities, the district said on its website Tuesday evening.

It is the second day in a row that the schools will be closed after a teacher tested positive for coronavirus. That teacher taught at Bear Creek Middle School in Fairburn and Woodland Middle School in East Point.

The district said all Fulton County schools, with the exception of Bear Creek and Woodland middle schools, will reopen to all students and staff on Thursday.

“Bear Creek Middle School will be closed to students and staff until Friday, March 20, with the school reopening on Monday, March 23. Woodland Middle School will be closed to students and staff until Tuesday, March 17, with the school reopening on Wednesday, March 18,” the district said on its website.

The 58-year-old male teacher is in the hospital being treated after collapsing at one of the South Fulton County middle schools on Friday.

Parents of Fulton County students say they have been frustrated by a lack of communication from the district.

“I don’t think they have a plan yet and I think it’s time they work on the plan, because I don’t think it’s going away any time soon,” parent Tabitha Hicks told Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston.

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Hicks says she’s not sure what’s happening about her son’s homework or school assignments.

“I feel like they could've sent them home with a packet, but I know it was so sudden," Hicks said.

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The district said in a statement it is spending Tuesday and Wednesday cleaning the schools:

“While the school system is closed during this period, crews are cleaning and disinfecting every school and administrative building in Fulton County Schools. All frequently-touched hard surfaces are being wiped down with a hospital-grade disinfectant that is proven to kill bacteria and viruses. School buses are also being cleaned and disinfected and going forward drivers will use specialized wipes to disinfect seats after completing each morning and afternoon run.”

The district says it has also decided to cancel all international travel.