APS Parents: Local forecasters predict frigid temperatures during the early morning, Thursday, January 8, 2015. We are reminding all parents to please dress students warmly as you prepare to send them to school.
Did you know that APS has updated its comprehensive decision-making protocol? Highlights of the district’s new process include: earlier communication about inclement weather decisions to parents, students and employees, additional drivers brought in to ensure buses start and run on time; and ensuring that district vehicles, equipment and supplies are prepared and in place prior to inclement weather. APS has established schedules and guidelines for early dismissal and delayed openings, provided inclement weather training for all drivers and supervisors, made emergency food, water and medical supplies readily available and easy to access at all district facilities and ensured that the needed technology and equipment is available for emergency communication.
- Water. One gallon per person per day, for at least 3 days, for drinking and hygiene
- Food. At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
- Can opener. For food, if kit contains canned food
- Radio. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
APS uses multiple communication vehicles to deliver weather messaging to parents, students and employees. See the list of communication vehicles below:
- District Website
- School Websites
- Text Message
- Channel 22
- Local Television News Stations
- Local Radio Stations
If APS makes the choice to close schools, APS will continue to communicate with parents via robo-call, text message and email during closures.
2014-2015 Winter Weather Outlook
Each year weather experts predict the outlook for the winter weather season by studying the interaction of present ocean, land and atmosphere conditions around the globe. They also look at “analog years”. An analog year is a past year when weather patterns were similar to the coming season.
Atlanta’s winter weather experts are predicting above average precipitation and below average temperatures for winter 2014-2015, with the worst of winter weather coming after the holiday season. The below normal readings looks maximized in the months of January, February and March.
This winter we may not have the extreme and extended cold as we did last year, but come January, the experts are predicting one or two snow or ice storms, so a couple of significant severe winter weather events in Atlanta this winter should be no surprise.
The Winter Weather outlook for Atlanta can pretty much be summed up to this:
Elevated ice storm risk
One or two winter storms Jan-March
Most likely, no early spring
For more information on how to prepare for the winter weather season visit http://ready.ga.gov/Prepare.