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UPDATE: DeKalb and Atlanta schools cancel classes on Jan. 19, Decatur will delay opening

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UPDATE: DeKalb and Atlanta schools cancel classes on Jan. 19, Decatur will delay opening


A city schools of Decatur bus. Photo from CSD Facebook page.

DeKalb County and Atlanta public schools have cancelled classes tomorrow, Jan. 19. City Schools of Decatur will delay opening by two hours.

Here’s the full announcement from DeKalb County:

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STONE MOUNTAIN, GA. – There will be no classes for DeKalb County School District (DCSD) students on Friday, Jan 19. Twelve-month employees are directed to report with a two-hour delay, as travel and road conditions allow.

Atlanta Public Schools had planned to open on Friday, but reconsidered late Thursday afternoon:


ATLANTA – Atlanta Public Schools was hopeful that we would reopen and resume our normal schedule on Friday, January 19. However, due to the continuing unfavorable road conditions in some neighborhoods in the metro Atlanta area which may result in staffing challenges, APS schools and the district administrative offices will remain closed on Friday, January 19. We continue to urge parents, caregivers, and employees to exercise caution when traveling throughout the metro Atlanta area.

Atlanta Public Schools takes the safety and security of all our students and staff very seriously.  We 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 CSD:

City Schools of Decatur schools and offices will operate on a two-hour delay tomorrowFriday, January 19, 2018.

– Buses will run two hours later than a normal school day for morning pick-up.  Add two hours to your usual morning bus pick-up time. For example, a usual 6:45 a.m. bus pick-up will be at 8:45 a.m..

-Schools will begin two hours later than usual. For example, Decatur High School begins at 8:30 a.m., but tomorrow Decatur High School will start at 10:30 a.m.

– Staff start times will begin two hours later than usual.  For example, 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue staff usually report at 7:15 a.m., but tomorrow they should report by 9:15 a.m.

– Dismissal times for all schools will remain on a normal schedule. All after-school procedures, events, and activities will remain the same as a normal school day. For example, Decatur High School normally dismisses at 3:30 p.m. and will still dismiss at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.

– Afternoon bus routes will run at the usual times.

At the January 23rd Board meeting, the [School] 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.

According to the latest update from DeKalb County government, some roads are still dangerous in places:

DECATUR, Ga. — The following roads in DeKalb County are open, but hazardous conditions remain and isolated patches of ice are expected to redevelop overnight in shady areas:

  • Pleasantdale Road
  • Rainbow Drive
  • Mason Mill
  • Rockbridge @ Rock Chapel
  • Mulberry Lane @ Rodgers Lake
  • Rock Chapel @ Pleasant Hill
  • Rock Chapel @ Center Street
  • Pleasant Hill Road to the county line
  • Main Street @ Martin Road
  • Chamblee Tucker Road—various sections from I-285 to Tucker
  • Memorial College Avenue

Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling for the next 24 hours until all hazards from the recent storm have been eliminated.

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, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov and click the CodeRED logo at the bottom of the page.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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