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(UPDATE) Many schools were closed Friday

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(UPDATE) Many schools were closed Friday

School's out today.
School's out today.

Photo from Feb. 12.

City Schools of Decatur notified parents that CSD will be operating on a two-hour delay today. From the CSD Facebook page.

City Schools of Decatur will operate on a two hour delay today, Friday, February 14. Staff, please use caution and if conditions are too icy at your home, please contact your supervisor or principal.

Parents should use an abundance of caution, and if conditions are too icy at your home, please keep your child at home.

• Buses will run two hours later than a normal school day. Add two hours to your students’ usual bus pick-up time this morning. For example, a usual 6:45 bus pick-up will be 8:45 this morning.

• Schools will begin two hours later than usual. Check the district website under the Schools tab to view start times. For example, Decatur High School usually begins at 8:30, but today DHS will start at 10:30.

• Staff start time will begin two hours later than usual. For example, 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue staff usually report at 7:15, but today they need to report at 9:15.

• Dismissal times for all schools will remain the same.

• Decatur Children and Youth Services will run Animal Crackers, Whiz Kids and Project REAL as usual. Please check with your after school provider if there is a change in schedule this afternoon.

CSD’s decision to make the call this morning didn’t go over well with many parents. The Facebook page announcement received dozens of angry comments.

Other metro area school systems will be closed, Friday.

DeKalb County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools have both decided to cancel classes. Most metro area schools have been closed since Tuesday, Feb. 11.  Atlanta Public Schools is only requiring essential personnel to report for work. DeKalb County is requiring all 12-month employees to report at 10 am.

“Closing schools will allow us to ensure the schools are safe and ready for students on Tuesday, Feb. 18,” DeKalb County Superintendent Michael Thurmond said on the system’s Facebook page. “Also, central office staff will continue the strategic planning work for addressing academic achievement in preparation for the upcoming CRCT and EOCT tests.”

DeKalb County is also opening its recreation centers Friday for kids who will be out of school.

The announcement says, “… the county’s Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Department will operate its mini day camp program, free of charge .. Feb. 14 from 10 am – 6 pm Youth will be able to participate in recreation activities, arts and crafts, and more at all recreation centers. County administrative offices will reopen Friday, Feb. 14 at 10 am.”

Fulton County Schools is closed Feb. 14.

Keep checking Decaturish.com for the latest information on school closings in the metro area.