(UPDATED 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, January 29 –We are so glad to welcome all of our beloved students, teachers and colleagues back to school on Wednesday, January 30! Following our weather protocols and in coordination with the National Weather Service, Atlanta Public Schools will be open on Wednesday, January 30. All schools and District offices will be open and all after school programs, activities, and community meetings will continue as scheduled on Wednesday. We ask that parents, caregivers, and employees at APS charter schools contact their schools directly for scheduling information. I encourage everyone to continue to stay safe and warm and to exercise caution when traveling throughout the metro area. See you all tomorrow!) APS Closes Schools for Tuesday, Jan. 29, Due to Inclement Weather
District also cancels all school programs and activities, even Super Bowl-related events, in anticipation of unsafe conditions caused by latest winter storm.
As much as we value every single day of education, the safety and security of all our students and staff at Atlanta Public Schools remain among our top priorities. So when the latest winter storm threatened to drop snow and icy conditions in metro Atlanta, we acted with an abundance of caution. Schools will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Our decision aligns with city and state officials’ decisions to close their offices because of the potential for snow and ice on the roadways. Additionally, all after school programs and activities and community meetings have been cancelled. These include Super Bowl-related events scheduled with our schools and students on Tuesday.
As forecasts show better weather through the rest of the week, we anticipate welcoming our students and staff back to APS on Wednesday, Jan. 30. But we will keep our families, teachers and staff informed should we need to close additional days.
Although we will be closed, I have an assignment for our students: Take home books and other materials so you can work on homework and reading assignments while you are home. Parents, please make sure they do their work!
For APS charter schools, parents, caregivers and employees are encouraged to contact their schools director for scheduling information.
APS closely monitors the weather conditions in coordination with the National Weather Service, city and state officials and other metro Atlanta school districts. We encourage everyone to exercise caution when traveling throughout the metro area tomorrow.
As inclement weather approaches, my team works extremely hard to inform parents of our decisions as far in advance as possible. We have a set of protocols in place to notify families, staff, and our community of everything we know about the conditions and forecasts.
Remember when we are making any decisions on inclement weather, the safety of our staff is a key priority.
As we enter into this season of wintry weather, I’d like to remind our students, families, staff and others about the APS protocol for inclement weather.
You can expect updates on winter weather in a variety of APS channels. We diligently update our website, our social media channels as well as stay in close contact with our schools. You can feel confident to contact your school first if you have questions about weather-related issues. It is my goal to make sure our principals are updated with the latest information regarding our inclement weather decisions.
Now is also a great time to make sure your contact information is updated. Our main way to contact parents is through our campus portal. Here you can update your phone number, email and communication preferences. Access the campus portal here.
Every year, I update the community on our procedures, and you can read about our process in detail in prior blog posts here and here. You can get a good overview of our decision-making process there.
Again, we continue to monitor the weather and will report as soon as possible on any updates. Please be safe tomorrow, and we will see our beautiful students and staff back in school again soon.