Atlanta, DeKalb County, Decatur school districts to close Nov. 5 due to World Series paradeCharles Judson on right and Josh Schmitt cheer for the Braves while watching Game 1 of the World Series at Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards in Decatur on Tuesday. Oct. 26. Schmitt said, “it’s been an amazingly fun game to watch. They (Braves) came out swinging.” Photo by Dean Hesse.
This story has been updated.
Atlanta, GA — Atlanta Public Schools, the DeKalb County School District and City Schools of Decatur will be closed on Friday, Nov. 5, due to celebrations honoring the Atlanta Braves, who won the World Series.
The Braves announced on Tuesday night that there will be a parade on Friday to celebrate their World Series win, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The celebratory parade will start at noon. It will begin at Peachtree Street and Marietta Street and go to Peachtree Street and 10th Street, then to Truist Park.
“Due to the logistical challenges associated with the anticipated traffic, road closures and crowds expected throughout metro Atlanta for the celebrations honoring our World Series Champion Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Public Schools will observe a district holiday and be closed on Friday, November 5,” APS spokesperson Seth Coleman said.
The district wants to make sure that all students and staff are safe during the celebrations. Friday night athletic activities, however, will not be impacted and will proceed as normal.
“This is a non-school day for students and will be a paid holiday for all full-time APS employees,” Coleman said. “APS shares in the excitement of the World Series victory by our Atlanta Braves and congratulates the entire organization for a fantastic and historic season.”
All DeKalb County School District schools and centers will also be closed on Friday to help the Braves celebrate during the championship parade, DCSD spokesperson Carla Parker said.
“DeKalb County School District (DCSD) congratulates the Atlanta Braves on winning the 2021 World Series title. We are excited to have another professional sports championship in metro Atlanta,” Parker said. “DeKalb County School District (DCSD) congratulates the Atlanta Braves on winning the 2021 World Series title. We are excited to have another professional sports championship in metro Atlanta.”
According to an email sent to Decatur High School families, all City Schools of Decatur schools and offices, including College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center and the Frasier Center, will be closed on Friday.
“While we had hoped to stay open, we already see a significant impact on Friday operations due to the number of staff who need to be off work to address childcare issues due to other districts’ closures,” the email states. “Simply put, we do not have the available staff to address the disruption to school operations we anticipate tomorrow. All students and staff will have the day off with no makeup day, remote learning, or work expectations. We apologize for the inconvenience this closure may cause.”
The district reminded those who plan to celebrate the Braves’ championship to be COVID-safe.
“We want all staff and students to be healthy when they return Monday,” the email says.
DHS Principal Rochelle Lofstrand also sent an email stating that the DHS home football game against St. Pius will still take place tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Friday is senior night for fall sports.
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