Coronavirus: Are Georgia’s public schools safe to attend?

News that coronavirus has spread to Georgia and two cases have been confirmed in Fulton County have raised concerns statewide.

Parents and students throughout the state area asking whether or not Georgia’s public schools are safe from the spread of the virus. In a tweet sent out this morning the Georgia Department of Education worked to calm the anxiety of parents and students.

According to the department, they are acting under advisement of the Georgia Department of Health. “Students who are not ill can safely attend schools. We are in regular contact with DPH and will immediately inform school districts if their recommendation changes,” the department said in the tweet.

As always, students who are sick are not advised to attend school, whether it is the flu or any other illness.

On Tuesday, Fulton County officials said the public schools were not impacted by the family that has been infected by the virus, because the children in that household are homeschooled.

You can help prevent the spread of coronavirus in your own home, school and workplace by following these tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you have recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.

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