COVID-19 cases shut down in-person classes at 2 Fulton County schools

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Two Fulton County schools have been temporarily shut down due to COVID-19 concerns.

Officials announced on Facebook that Milton High School and SL Lewis Elementary School will remain in virtual learning for the next few days to address an increase in COVID-19 cases.

In a statement posted to Fulton County Schools' Facebook page, officials both schools "met the criteria of a Level 2" for the school system's Closing Matrix. That means at least three students or staff members have tested positive for the virus.

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All students and teachers will be in remote learning on Monday. Tuesday will be a remote Teacher workday that had already been planned for Election Day.

Officials expect both schools will be reopen for face-to-face learning on Wednesday.

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The closure will allow time for contact tracing and the school to be cleaned and disinfected.