By Patch Staff
Update: 7:15 A.M.
Statement from Atlanta Public Schools
District leadership has worked through the night to provide support to schools and our transportation team. We are especially appreciative of students, staff and parents for their understanding and patience.
As of now, we can confirm that all of the 50 students who were previously reported as still being on buses have been transported safely. We have several hundred students sheltered in place at nine sites in the north and west regions of the city. There were a few challenges to food delivery at some locations, but all students did receive food thanks to the Atlanta Police Department, our resourceful staff, and the generosity of communities. Students are safe and continue to be supervised by staff and resource officers. The Georgia State Patrol is also on site.
Parents are asked to contact schools directly for information on students. However, the district will continue to update parents as we work with state and local agencies to identify safe travel solutions for our students.
Gov. Deal signed a state of emergency declaration late Tuesday related to the winter storm and delayed opening of state government until noon today.
"If at all possible, please stay off the roads until conditions improve," Deal said. "We are working to get the state back to normal as quickly as possible."
In addition to Ga. Department of Transportation crews, city public works crews and contractors called out by various governments, Deal activated the Ga. National Guard to assist.
Just before 5 a.m., seven Atlanta Public Schools students were still on their way home after leaving school on buses many hours ago. In some cases students and school staff remained at school overnight rather than trying to get them home on icy roads. Public and private schools will be closed today.
GDOT reported that Atlanta was hardest hit; the storm caused employers and schools to release workers and students at the same time Tuesday afternoon, resulting in gridlock on Metro roadways. That traffic hampered Georgia DOT crews from treating the roads and clearing incidents; the Department brought additional crews from other less-impacted areas of the state to Metro and activated private contractors to help catch up.
Due to icy and dangerous road conditions, City of Atlanta government offices, including Parks and Recreation facilities and Municipal Court will be closed on Wednesday. All non-essential employees should report at normal business hours on Thursday morning.
All essential and emergency personnel should report to work at their scheduled time on Wednesday.