After an emergency Fulton County Schools board meeting March 12, FCS officials announced the closure of all schools and administrative offices beginning March 16 until further notice. This decision was made in an effort to slow the spreading of the coronavirus, according to a March 12 FCS press release.

Two FCS employees have been diagnosed with coronavirus, according to FCS officials as of March 12. One employee worked at both Bear Creek and Woodland middle schools, and the other worked solely at Woodland Middle School.

Additionally, Fulton County has seen six confirmed cases of coronavirus as of March 12, according to the Georgia Department of Health. The state of Georgia has seen 31 total confirmed cases of coronavirus.

All school and district activities are canceled or postponed effective March 13, the release said, including all scholastic and athletic competitions; sports practices; music, drama and arts performances; proms; school trips; and any other extracurricular activities. This also includes outside groups that meet at FCS facilities, according to the release.

"We recognize the hardship this decision places on many families, but believe it is in the public’s best interest if it means we can contribute to protecting our students and the community’s health and well-being," the release said.

The release also said students will be expected to complete online learning assignments and work packets as assigned by classroom teachers. Parents and students can expect emails from individual school principals and teachers related to online assignments by March 16.

"Next week we will have more information about how our continuity of learning plans will work. These plans are being finalized; however, our closing decision is being announced now so you can begin making plans for your family," the release said.

The district will review conditions and publish an update each Friday by 5 p.m., according to the release.

"Please know that this is a unique situation for Fulton County Schools, our state and our nation," the release said. "We do not yet have all the answers, but are committed to communicating with you as frequently and openly as possible."