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Decatur, Atlanta and DeKalb schools will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 18

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Decatur, Atlanta and DeKalb schools will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 18

January 2018: East Howard and Trinity Place. File Photo by Shannon Irvin

East Howard and Trinity Place 7:30 a.m. Photo by Shannon Irvin

This story has been updated. 

City Schools of Decatur, Atlanta Public Schools and DeKalb County Public Schools are closed on Thursday, Jan. 18.

It is the second day of weather-related school closures this week. All Atlanta-area school districts closed their doors today, Jan. 17, due to snow.

Here’s the announcement from City Schools of Decatur:

City Schools of Decatur schools and offices will remain closed on Thursday, January 18, 2018, due to continued icy conditions and the forecast for dangerously cold wind chills. All scheduled events and activities are canceled.

At the January 23rd Board meeting, the Board will discuss the days missed this week and last week to decide on make up days. In case you missed the previous announcement, the three days missed following the mass power outages caused by the hurricane earlier this year will not be made up.

Here’s the announcement from APS:

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ATLANTA —In coordination with Governor Deal’s decision to close state offices as outlined in this press release, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will remain closed for Thursday, January 18. Due to inclement weather, including continued extreme cold temperatures and icy road conditions which will not be cleared in Atlanta and the surrounding metro area where many of our staff members live, all APS campuses and administrative offices will remain closed. The Atlanta Board of Education (ABOE) meeting scheduled for January 18 has also been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.  This includes the board work session, community and legislative meeting.

APS anticipates welcoming students back to school on Friday, January 19.

Parents, caregivers, and employees are encouraged to be mindful of road conditions and to exercise caution when traveling throughout the metro Atlanta area. APS takes the safety and security of all our students and staff very seriously. We will continue to monitor the weather forecast and will keep parents and staff updated via the APS website, robocalls, the media, and other communications channels on any potential weather impact on future school schedules.

For APS charter schools, parents, caregivers, and employees are encouraged to contact their schools directly for scheduling information.

Here’s the announcement from DeKalb County Schools:


STONE MOUNTAIN, GA. – All DeKalb County School District (DCSD) schools and offices will be closed on Thursday, January 18, given the current weather situation (icy roads, road closures, state of emergency, etc.) and the increased risk to student and staff safety.

Emory University will be closed tomorrow:

The city of Decatur’s administrative offices will open at noon tomorrow. More from the city:

City of Decatur offices are scheduled to open at noon, Thursday, January 18. All non-public safety and non-public works personnel should report at noon.

Active Living

Ebster and Decatur Recreation Centers will open at noon and close at 5 p.m. Regularly scheduled Active Living activities are cancelled, however, open gym will be available at both locations during this time.

Children & Youth Services

After school activities are canceled, Thursday, Jan. 18.

Trash and Recycling Pickup Rescheduled

Regular trash and recycling collection that is normally scheduled for Tuesday (Northwest City of Decatur) will be collected on Thursday, Jan. 18 beginning at noon.

Regular trash and recycling collection that is normally scheduled For Thursday and Friday (South Decatur) will be collected on Friday, Jan. 19th beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Municipal Court

Thursday sessions are all cancelled. Individuals will receive a notice of rescheduled dates and times.

Development Permitting/Intake

The Design, Environment and Construction permitting office will open at noon.

Atlanta will close city offices tomorrow, and state offices will be closed as well. For more information, click here.

MARTA is continuing to cut back service in response to the icy road conditions:


ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will modify bus and rail service this evening and tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 18 due to the winter weather.

Bus service will end at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 as roads are expected to re-freeze overnight. Rail service will continue on a modified weekend schedule until2 a.m. Trains will continue to run on each line overnight, without passengers on board, to prevent issues related to freezing temperatures.

Rail service will resume at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 and run on a modified weekend schedule with trains arriving every 10-20 minutes and Red and Gold Line service to the airport all day. Limited bus service will begin at 6 a.m. with buses running on major roads and those servicing medical facilities. Mobility will provide service to those patrons with a scheduled pick-up. MARTA will employ a full staff tomorrow in anticipation of warmer temperatures and an increase in service. Please visit www.itsmarta.com, follow @MARTASERVICE on Twitter, or call the Customer Care Center at 404-848-5000 for specific bus route information and for service updates.

County government will be closed on Thursday, the county says:

DeKalb County Offices, Facilities, Courts Remain Closed Thursday
Residents urged to remain off roads

DeKalb officials are urging residents to exercise caution on the roads as icy conditions are expected to continue overnight and Thursday morning.

The DeKalb Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to stay off the roads to allow emergency crews and first responders to maintain roads and ensure public safety.

As a result of inclement weather, DeKalb County offices, senior centers, libraries and recreation centers will remain closed Thursday.

Additionally, all DeKalb County courts, the office of the Clerk of Superior Court and Board of Equalization will be closed.

County employees who are required to maintain operations during the weather event should check with their supervisors for instructions.

The following warming stations are open until further notice:
•    Fire Station 3, 100 N. Clarendon Ave., Avondale Estates, GA 30002
•    Fire Station 6, 2342 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
•    Fire Station 21, 1090 Crown Point Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30338

County employees who are not required to deal with the emergency conditions do not have to report to work.

For updated information about road closures and other pertinent information during the event, go to www.dekalbcountyga.gov.

County residents are encouraged to sign up for DeKalb County’s high-speed emergency notification system, CodeRED, which can quickly deliver time-sensitive messages via voice, email, and text to targeted areas of the county during emergency situations. To sign up for CodeRED, follow this link, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov and click on the CodeRed icon at the bottom of the page.

Here’s the current list of road closures provided by DeKalb County:

DECATUR, Ga. — The following roads are currently closed in DeKalb due to snow and ice as of Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. As county crews are assessing roads and clearing, this list is subject to change. Most surface streets are slick and dangerous, and residents are advised to stay home.

Status Road Closed From Cross Street To Cross Street
Emergency Vehicles Only  River Road  Bouldercrest Road  Panthersville Road 
Emergency Vehicles Only  Memorial College Ave  Park Lane  N. Indian Creek 
Closed  Covington Hwy  Miller Road  Scarborough Drive 
Emergency Vehicles Only  Central Drive  Hambrick Road   
Closed  Memorial Drive / Hambrick Road     
Closed  N. Druid Hill Rd / Willivee Drive     
Emergency Vehicles Only  Rock Springs Road / Panola Road     
Closed  Glenwood Road  LaMesa Rd  Hollyhock Rd 
Emergency Vehicles Only  3600 Panthersville Road     
Emergency Vehicles Only  Houston Mill Rd   Clifton Rd  LaVista Rd 
Emergency Vehicles Only  River Road     
Emergency Vehicles Only  Evans Mill Road  Salem Road   
Emergency Vehicles Only  Clifton Road / Briarcliff Road     
Emergency Vehicles Only  N. Hariston / Fieldridge Ct     
Emergency Vehicles Only  Clairmont Road / Desmond Road     
Emergency Vehicles Only  Snapfinger Road / Panola Road     
Closed  Rock Chapel Road / LIB     
Emergency Vehicles Only  Hwy 78 (Stone Mountain Hwy) WB bridges  Interstate 285  West Park Place (1/2 mile North of Stone Mountain) 

The following roads have reopened.

Status Road Closed From Cross Street To Cross Street
Open  Rockbridge Rd  Rowland Rd  Allgood Rd 
Open  Clifton Road  CDC Parkway   Briarcliff Road 
Open  1670 Clairmont Road (In front of V.A)      
Open  North Decatur Road / Webster Road     
Open  Snapfinger Woods / Panola Road     
Open  South Indian Creek / Covington Hwy     
Open  S. Harriston Road / Redan Road     

Garbage collection for county residents has been delayed again, the county says:

DeKalb Sanitation Suspends Thursday Operations Due to Dangerous Road Conditions

Field service hours extended to accommodate customers  

DECATUR, Ga. – Due to dangerous road conditions, the DeKalb County Sanitation Division suspends all administrative and field operations for Thursday, Jan. 18.

Collection service for residential and commercial customers, transfer station operations, landfill operations and administrative services will resume on Friday, Jan. 19, during normal operating hours.

The revised residential and commercial collection schedules for the remainder of this week are as follows:

Residential Collection

Customers whose regularly scheduled collection days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will receive garbage and recycling collection service on Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, based on an extended work schedule on both days. Yard trimmings for these customers will not be collected this week, and servicing will resume next week when normal collection schedules are in effect. Residents should place garbage and recycling containers curbside by 7 a.m. on Friday, and return them curbside by 7 a.m. on Saturday if Friday servicing did not occur.

Commercial Collection

Customers whose regularly scheduled collection days are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be serviced on Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, based on an extended work schedule on both days.

For updates, follow the Sanitation Division on Twitter @DKalbSanitation, or visit www.dekalbsanitation.com.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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