Decatur, Atlanta and DeKalb schools will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 18January 2018: East Howard and Trinity Place. File 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:
ALL DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOLS AND OFFICES CLOSED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
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:
Emory University, including Oxford College, will be closed today, Wednesday, Jan. 17, and tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 18, due to continued severe weather conditions. pic.twitter.com/2Lxr8GMuJF
— Emory University (@EmoryUniversity) January 17, 2018
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.
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.
Thursday sessions are all cancelled. Individuals will receive a notice of rescheduled dates and times.
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:
MARTA ANNOUNCES MODIFIED SERVICE SCHEDULE
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:
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.
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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