From: Ian Smith, APR, CPRC

Executive Director

Office of Communications and Public Engagement:

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) places the safety and security of all our students and staff among our top priorities.  Out of an abundance of caution and in alignment with Governor Deal’s decision to close state offices (statement here) and the City of Atlanta’s closure due to weather (city statement here), APS is cancelling school for Monday, January 8th and all afterschool activities.

The Atlanta Board of Education (ABOE) swearing in ceremony and the election of board officers will proceed as planned tomorrow, however, the work session, community and legislative meeting will be postponed for a later date.  Recent weather forecasts indicate possible winter weather including light freezing rain in the morning hours for the Atlanta metro area.

APS advises parents and families to be mindful of the weather conditions and to exercise caution when traveling throughout the metropolitan area.  Additionally, parents and families should exercise caution on the roads due to the anticipated traffic congestion especially in the afternoon hours as a result of the National College Football Championship Game, the potential arrival of the President into downtown Atlanta, and the resulting road closures.

Parents and guardians at APS charter schools are encouraged to contact their schools directly for scheduling information.

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