Dear APS Parents and Guardians:
None of us can control Mother Nature but we can do our best to plan for inclement weather. My number one priority is to make sure Atlanta Public Schools students are safe and ready to learn. As we prepare for the holidays and winter break, I want to remind you of the district’s winter preparedness plan for inclement weather.
I am committed to communicating timely inclement weather decisions to parents, students and employees; we have a plan in place that continues to put safety first. Should severe weather threaten us during the school day, we will bring in additional drivers to ensure buses start and run on time. We will also ensure that district vehicles, equipment and supplies are prepared and in place before an emergency strikes. APS now has established schedules and guidelines for early dismissal and delayed openings, and provided inclement weather training for all drivers and supervisors. Additionally, we have 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 are available for emergency communication.
Here are some important steps to know when severe weather impacts our school day:
- APS will contact parents and guardians as soon as possible; therefore, it is important that we have current contact information. I encourage all APS parents and guardians to log in to the APS campus portal to update their preferences for emergency notifications, which include robo-calls, text messages and e-mails at http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/CPP. Parents, make sure we know how to contact you in an emergency. We will do our part to notify you, but we need your help to stay informed.
- Should we need to close our schools early due to inclement weather forecasted for the same day after school has already started, the Core Weather Team will convene as early in the school day as possible, likely around 9:30 a.m. to make a recommendation. You would, in this case, begin receiving notice of our decision by 10:30 a.m. that day from the district’s communications channels, including the local news media.
- If inclement weather is expected the next day, our team will begin the conversations and close monitoring on whether to delay or close schools.
- We will aim to give you advance notice so you can put plans in place for your children should we have to cancel classes or afternoon activities early or if schools have to close for a full day or more. We will communicate our decisions in time for local newscasts (4 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.). However, you don’t have to wait for news broadcasts.
- We will communicate with families via robo calls, texts and emails, the district website, social media, and local news outlets when there is a change in our normal school routine. So again, it is extremely important that you make sure we have updated contact information for your family.
As a district we have a plan, but I want to make sure you do as well. For a detailed list and more information on how to prepare a customized Ready Kit for your family visit http://www.ready.ga.gov/Prepare.
Be safe and see you in the New Year!