Fulton County Schools Announces Reopening Plan, New 2020-2021 Calendar

Fulton County Schools will give families the option to send their children to school or to learn online at home.

The district will also delay the start of the 2020-2021 school year. On Monday, the board unanimously agreed to move the first day of school from August 10 to 17. That will give teachers and staff more time to prepare in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fulton School System is the fourth largest school district in Georgia, with more than 93,500 students. Parents have been closely watching the reopening decision after the coronavirus forced school buildings to close in mid-March.

Superintendent Mike Looney described his current thinking during the Monday board meeting. He said the district plans to open schools for in-person instruction, but also allows students in grades 1-12 to enroll in full-time virtual instruction.

Prekindergarten and kindergarten classes will only be offered in an in-person setting.

“Everything we are communicating today is our intention from today, but it depends entirely on what the data says when it is our turn to turn on the first bell at school,” Looney said.

Online registration for the virtual model will be open from Tuesday to July 17.

Initially, district officials had planned to require high school students to choose the online option to drop out of their school and enroll in one of the district’s two alternative high schools.

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