UPDATED: Decatur Schools Closed TuesdayDecatur Metro | January 6, 2014 | 6:27 pm
UPDATE: The city has announced that it’s offering “Polar Camp” for K-5 kids on a first come, first serve basis. Here are the details…
It’s still really cold out, and City Schools of Decatur will be closed tomorrow. For City of Decatur residents looking for something for the little polar bears (aka children) to do, there will be a special Polar Camp tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.
Polar Camp is first-come, first served for a limited number of City of Decatur students in Kindergarten through fifth grade only. There is no cost for Polar Camp for Decatur residents. Parents will need to fill out registration and health forms when dropping off campers who are not already enrolled in after school programs.
For more information, please call Children and Youth Services at 404-378-1082.
From the CSD website…
Based on predicted frigid temperatures, and for the safety of our students and employees, City Schools of Decatur will be closed Tuesday, January 7. All scheduled events, including extra-curricular activities and events will be rescheduled. Our 12-month employees should report at 10:00 a.m.Our staff has monitoring national and state weather services regarding the predicted freezing temperatures for Tuesday. District leadership has also been in communication with other metro school systems regarding their plans. The forecast for tomorrow morning is 7 degrees with a predicted wind chill factor of -13 degrees. According to the National Weather Service, the gusty winds and bitterly cold temperatures will combine to produce dangerously cold wind chills overnight creating a potentially dangerous situation for students and staff. After careful consideration, CSD will close on Tuesday, January 7, to ensure the safety of our students who walk to school, the students transported by bus, and our employees.City Schools Decatur was closed on Monday, January 6 due to the predicted icy conditions in the Metro-Atlanta area. We are simply not equipped to accommodate black ice on roads and extremely frigid temperatures as schools in the northern United States may be. We closed to ensure the safety of our students as well as our staff, many of whom travel a significant distance to work in our schools. We cannot predict the effect of the extreme cold on the heating of our schools. Additionally, we have many students who do not own appropriate clothing for below-zero conditions. Having them walk to school, wait at the bus stop or be in schools that might not have heat is a chance that we are not willing to take.We apologize for any inconvenience this may create for our families, but we must consider all factors and make the best decision possible with the information presented. The safety of students and staff is always our top priority. Thank you for your continued support of City Schools of Decatur. If you venture outside on Tuesday, please wear appropriate attire which includes a heavy coat, layers, a hat and gloves and be aware of the signs of frostbite and hypothermia.