ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Fulton County School System will open the 2020-21 school year on Aug. 17 the same way it ended last year — with students learning from home in a virtual setting.
Fulton Superintendent Mike Looney made the announcement Thursday morning, saying the increased spike in COVID-19 cases made it impossible to safely open school buildings to staff and students.
“We are in very unusual, trying times and have been doing everything possible to resume school in a safe manner,” Looney said. “But it is my intent on Aug. 17 that Fulton will begin school on schedule, but will do so in a universal, remote learning environment.”
He said the decision was influenced by reports from athletic conditioning, which resumed on a limited basis in June. Despite restrictions of fielding groups of 20 people at a time, Looney said the number of COVID cases among athletes and staff are rising.