School closings announced for Wednesday, Jan. 29
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UPDATE: Multiple media reports of students stranded at schools. According to the Southeast Atlanta Communities for Schools Facebook page, all students at Jackson High are at home and accounted for.
UPDATE: City Schools of Decatur has cancelled classes for tomorrow.
From the CSD Facebook page, “There will be no school for City Schools of Decatur students and staff tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29. All schools will be closed. Please stay safe and warm!”
UPDATE: DeKalb County Schools just announced that there will be no school tomorrow for students or employees.
UPDATE: The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that a baby was delivered inside a car on I-285 after the parents got stuck in traffic on the way to the hospital. On a related note, the AJC also reports that metro area police officers have responded to hundreds of reports of traffic accidents.
UPDATE: Lots of reports today of people just leaving their cars on the side of the road and walking the rest of the way home …
UPDATE: WABE now reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency. More from Gov. Deal’s press office:
After consultation with GEMA Director Charley English and other state agency heads, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a state of emergency declaration related to the winter storm for the entire state of Georgia. The governor has delayed the opening of state government until noon tomorrow.
“Many parts of our state have experienced heavy sleet and snowfall, and in the metro areas we’re experiencing traffic jams caused primarily by heavy volume after the quick onset of the winter storm,” Deal said. “Unfortunately, traffic is delaying the ability of crews to treat highways all across the state. I know many people are trying desperately to pick up their children or simply to get home, and I hope they can get to safe, warm stopping point soon. Once at your destination, if at all possible, please stay off the roads until conditions improve. State DOT crews will work around the clock to get roads clear; in addition, the National Guard, the Department of Public Safety and GEMA will work to get the state back to normal as quickly as possible.”
The state of emergency declaration opens up state resources necessary for government response. It also activates the State Emergency Operations Plan, which assigns specific responsibilities to certain agencies.
Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County Schools will both be closed tomorrow.
APS announced via Facebook, “Due to inclement weather conditions, and for the safety of our students and employees, Atlanta Public Schools and administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, January 29, 2014. All scheduled APS events, including extra-curricular activities, will be rescheduled. Please continue to check the district’s website, social media channels, and local media outlets for updates. Only essential personnel are expected to report for duty.”
Fulton County Schools also made the announcement via Facebook.