The snowy weather in Atlanta is causing Atlanta Public Schools to dismiss early and the city of Atlanta to open an emergency warming shelter.
Here is the full announcement from APS:
Due to inclement weather, Atlanta Public Schools will adjust its dismissal schedule one hour earlier on Friday, December 8, 2017. APS has been monitoring the weather in close contact with state and city officials, the National Weather Service, and other metroAtlanta school districts and the forecast remains that the roads are not predicted to freeze during the school day. Although the state and the city both assured us that road conditions would not worsen until this evening, out of an abundance of caution, APS will dismiss one hour early.
Even with an early dismissal, because of the traffic and weather conditions, we are anticipating that students, at best, will make it home at the regular time. This allows us to get all students back to school who are currently out on field trips. The State and City are keeping their offices open on a regular schedule, in order to help manage traffic flow. These are wet conditions NOT freezing conditions so we need everyone to be safe and take extra precautions.
The adjusted schedule for a majority of schools is as follows:
Elementary School 1:30 p.m.
High School 2.30 p.m.
Middle Schools 3.05 p.m.
There are a few schools that operate a unique schedule. Those dismissals are as follows:
Whitefoord, Inc. PreK 1:15 p.m.
Forest Hills Academy 3:15 p.m.
North Atlanta High School 2:45 p.m.
Sutton Sixth Grade Campus 3:15 p.m.
West End Academy 2:42 p.m.
Crim Open Campus 2:30 p.m.
North Metro 2:15 p.m.
All Friday after-school and evening activities, including community meetings, are cancelled. The district is also cancelling all weekend activities as well.
For updates, please visit the district’s website at www.atlantapublicschools.us, social media channels and local media outlets.
The city of Atlanta urged residents to use caution during the snow event.
“Tomorrow morning will bring the first winter weather event of the season, and it is important that the public prepare for potential snow for the morning commute,” Mayor Kasim Reed said in a press release. “The City of Atlanta is fully engaged in preparation activities and will continue to monitor forecasts and on the ground conditions. While we do not expect snow to accumulate on roadways, we strongly advise travelers to use caution, avoid unnecessary risks and travel, and allow for extra time to reach your destination. We also advise residents and visitors to sign up for the NotifyATL notification system to receive real-time alerts. Finally, our emergency warming shelter will be open starting at 4 p.m. tomorrow to provide shelter to anyone in need.”
The city also announced that “an emergency warming shelter during the winter weather event, which includes cold temperatures and winter precipitation, to ensure that Atlanta residents have a safe place to keep warm. The shelter will open today, Friday December 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Central Park Recreation Center, located at 400 Merrits Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. The shelter will remain open until further notice. “