• 6:30 AM UPDATE: STATEMENT ON ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS REOPENING THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14 FOLLOWING STORM DAMAGE.

     

    UPDATED 9/14/2017

    Atlanta Public Schools is open for business today, Thursday, September 14th and will follow a normal operating schedule. Our operations team has completed a full review of our facilities, buses, technology, and nutrition services in the wake of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma.

    Currently, power has been restored to all APS school campuses including M. Agnes Jones where power was restored overnight. Parents have been informed and classes will resume and will follow a normal operating schedule today.

    Because many buildings were without power, an alternate menu may be provided for students for breakfast and lunch for the next several days. Also, students may experience delays in bus routes due to driver staffing shortages.

    We appreciate the patience our families have shown as we have worked to ensure a safe environment for all of our students and staff. We look forward to welcoming everyone back today!

     

    UPDATED 9/13/2017

    Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will reopen Thursday, September 14th and will follow a normal operating schedule. Our operations team has completed a full review of our facilities, buses, technology, and nutrition services in the wake of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma.

    Currently, power has been restored to nearly all APS school campuses. There are four remaining schools without power that we expect to have back online tonight. Those schools are: South Atlanta HS, M. Agnes Jones, Brandon and Sutton Middle School. We are monitoring the power situation at these locations and will inform parents if school is in session beginning at 5 a.m. tomorrow.

    Because many buildings were without power, an alternate menu may be provided for students for breakfast and lunch for the next several days. Also, students may experience delays in bus routes due to driver staffing shortages.

    We appreciate the patience our families have shown as we have worked to ensure a safe environment for all of our students and staff. We look forward to welcoming everyone back tomorrow!

     

     

    UPDATED 9/12/2017 

    Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has made the decision to cancel school and administrative operations for Wednesday, September 13, 2017 to ensure the safety of our students and staff as cleanup operations continue in the wake of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma. This decision extends to all afterschool programs and extracurricular activities.

    While the threat of severe weather has subsided, many of our schools remain without power. Concerns about the ongoing power outages, staffing coverage and dangerous road and sidewalk conditions make it necessary to close schools Wednesday.  Our APS operations team continues to work closely with power crews to bring affected schools back on-line, however many of our employees are reporting their power has yet to be restored.

    We will advise parents and caregivers by Wednesday evening about reopening school Thursday. Parents and guardians of charter schools should pay attention for information from their individual schools.  For additional information and updates please see the superintendent’s latest blog post here.

     

     

    UPDATED 9/11/2017

    In coordination with the city of Atlanta and in an abundance of caution, Atlanta Public Schools campuses and district offices will also be closed on Tuesday, September 12. This decision extends to all afterschool programs and extracurricular activities. The storm is expected to subside and leave the area Tuesday evening which should allow for a safe return of our students and staff. Our staff will continue to monitor the severe weather and will be in contact with any updates.  Please continue to keep safe during this storm.

     

    En coordinación con la ciudad de Atlanta y para extremar precauciones, Atlanta Public Schools permanecerán cerradas el martes, 12 de septiembre. Esta decisión incluye todos los programas después de clase y actividades extracurriculares. Se espera que la tormenta disminuya y salga del area el martes por la tarde, lo que permitirá un regreso a clases seguro para todos los estudiantes y personal. Nuestro personal seguirá monitoreando el clima severo y estará informando de nuevos acontecimientos. Por favor continúe manteniendse a salvo durante esta tormenta.

     

     

    UPDATED 9/10/2017

     

    Due to the anticipated inclement weather and dangerous high winds caused by Hurricane Irma, Atlanta Public Schools’ campuses and district offices will be closed on Monday, September 11.

    APS has been closely monitoring the weather conditions in collaboration with the National Weather Service and city and state officials. The latest reports indicate that the Atlanta area is expected to experience sustained high winds and wind gusts. This high wind will be paired with rainfall and thunderstorms over several days and will likely cause widespread downed trees and powerlines. In the interest of the safety and wellbeing of all APS students and staff, the district will close to allow our families to take shelter and keep safe as this severe storm passes through our area.

    Following our inclement weather protocol, parents, guardians and employees will be updated via the following communication channels: Infinte Campus robocalls, APS Mobile App, emails and/or text messages as well as on the APS website (www.atlantapublicschools.us ), Facebook and Twitter, and through local media outlets (WSB, CBS46, WXIA/11alive, and Fox5). School operation decisions for Tuesday will be made on Monday evening after a review of the most recent weather conditions. Parents and guardians will be contacted as soon as any decisions are made through all available communication channels. APS charter schools’ parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their schools directly for scheduling information.

     

     

    9/8/2017

     

     

    Dear Atlanta Public Schools Families,

     

    I know many of you are watching the development of Hurricane Irma and may have questions about how the storm will impact our community as it passes through Atlanta. Our team has been monitoring weather conditions over the past week in collaboration with the National Weather Service Center. Based on the information we have received, it is predicted that heavy rainfall and strong winds may impact travel to and from school.

     

    Let me also remind you of our inclement weather practices, as well as, our notification procedures.

     

    As always, our main priority is the safety of our students and staff.

     

    Our team will continue to monitor the weather throughout the weekend to stay abreast of the impact of the storm. Based on the latest weather information available at that time we will determine the impact to school operations for Monday. If a decision to cancel classes is made parents/caregivers will be notified Sunday evening by robo-call and text message. We will also post the information on our website and convey the information to the media for broadcast.

     

    We understand our school community’s concerns during these moments, and we always do our best to communicate these latest developments with you. We are committed to providing any school change notifications at a time that enables you to take care of your children and families safely and expediently.

    We want to make sure you and your families are informed and remain safe as we prepare for heavy rains and strong wind gusts resulting from the storm.  

     

    Here are a few suggested things you can do to prepare for Hurricane Irma.

    • Check on family members in the anticipated storm paths and urge them to seek safety outside of the hurricane track.
    • Monitor your local television stations to keep up with the latest updates on the weather over the next 3 to 6 days.
    • In the event of heavy rainfall, stay home and off the road if possible.
    • Make sure you and your family have plenty of food and water in the event conditions are too bad to travel.
    • While there is a low risk of tornados in the present forecast, remember there is always a possibility a tornado can suddenly erupt; therefore, be prepared to quickly relocate to a safe-zone or sheltering location away from windows and doors.
    • Power outages are always a possibility during storms so make sure you have a weather radio, flashlights and other essentials in case of an outage in your area.
    • Charge cell phones in advance. Extra batteries are a plus.
    • Your local county Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross and Georgia Emergency Management Agency are great resources in the event you need assistance over the weekend – shelters, food, etc.
    • Finally, think through your emergency preparedness plan now to ensure you have a plan that protects you and your loved ones.

     

    Be safe and don’t forget to review your home emergency preparedness plan as soon as possible – just in case you need it.

     

    Keep safe this weekend!

     

    Sincerely,

    Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen