Fulton County Schools employee tests positive for COVID-19, impacted schools immediately dismissed

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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – A Fulton County Schools employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the school district announced Monday.

The school system released a statement, followed by a press conference with Superintendent Mike Looney Monday afternoon. Watch the full presser above.

Looney confirmed the employee is a teacher at both Bear Creek Middle School and Woodland Middle School. He said the teacher “fell ill” on Friday and was hospitalized.

Looney said the teacher had lots of contact with both students and other teachers prior to becoming sick. Officials are currently working to learn every person the teacher was in contact with and notify them.

Three schools, Bear Creek Middle School, Woodland Middle School and Creekside High School, were dismissed early on Monday. Looney said he chose to close these schools because of their close proximity, teacher overlap, and because of families that have children who attend all three schools.

In addition, Looney announced that all Fulton County Schools and offices will be closed on Tuesday so the district can “take a pause” and address any additional risk to the schools. He said the schools with be cleaned and disinfected during the closings.

Any extensions to school closings will be announced by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Looney said Fulton County Schools does have an online learning plan in place, but that it would not be used until three consecutive days of school closings, per school district policy.

The teacher’s recent travel history and possible exposure to the coronavirus are both unknown at this time.

Fulton County School System is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia.

News 3 will have updates.

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