Irma update: Metro Atlanta schools closed through Tuesday


Metro Atlanta public schools and colleges will stay closed another day through Tuesday as Hurricane Irma, now downgraded to a tropical storm, brings strong winds and heavy rain to the area.

Here’s the rundown:

Atlanta Public Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Cobb County School District schools and facilities will be closed Monday and Tuesday for students and all staff.

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DeKalb County Schools  will close schools and offices Monday and Tuesday.

Decatur City Schools are closed Monday and Tuesday.

Fulton County Schools  is closing all schools and administrative offices on Monday, and all schools on Tuesday.

Gwinnett County Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Marietta City Schools will close schools and offices on Monday and Tuesday. After-school activities, practices and events are also canceled.

Buford City Schools will be closed Monday.

Cherokee County Schools will close schools and offices Monday and Tuesday.

Fayette County Public Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 11-12.

Forsyth County Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday

Clayton County Public Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday for students and staff. 

Henry County schools in metro Atlanta will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Updates will be provided on the district’s website.

Pike County Schools in west Georgia will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 11-12 for students and employees. 

Rockdale County Public Schools in metro Atlanta will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 11-12.

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These colleges and universities have also closed due to Hurricane Irma:

Clayton State University is closed Monday and will also be closed Tuesday.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is canceling all classes and closing offices on Monday and Tuesday.

Georgia State University will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Agnes Scott College will be closed Monday.

Atlanta Technical College will be closed Monday.

Emory University will be closed Monday.

Georgia Tech will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Updates will be posted to gatech.edu/irma.

Oglethorpe University is canceling all classes and activities on Monday.

The Atlanta University Center — including, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and the Morehouse School of Medicine —will be closed Monday.

Albany State University is closing its main and statellite campueses on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 10-11.

Mercer University canceled classes and events for Monday at its Atlanta, Savannah and Columbus campuses and at the Regional Academic Centers. The university will resume normal schedules on Tuesday, officials said.

Kennesaw State University will be closed Monday and Tuesday, according to an alert from the university. Residence halls, The Commons and Stingers will remain open.

The University of Georgia  canceled all classes and campus events on Monday and Tuesday. All residence and dining halls will remain open.

Georgia Gwinnett College is closing at 5 p.m. on Saturday and will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in Tifton will be closed and classes canceled on Monday and Tuesday. Residence halls and dining operations will remain open.

Valdosta State University has also canceled classes on Monday and Tuesday. The university’s Camden County campus closed at 6 p.m. Thursday and will resume operations on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The school’s residence halls will remain open and staffed. 

Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville will be closed Saturday through Tuesday. Classes at its Macon and Warner Robins campuses will also be canceled. Only essential personnel should report to work.   

The Savannah College of Art and Design pushed back the start of its fall quarter for one week to Monday, Sept. 18 because of Hurricane Irma. SCAD began relocating students from its Savannah to Atlanta campus on Thursday. The university will be closed beginning Friday, Sept. 8 for the duration of the storm, according to its website.

Georgia Southern University in Statesboro will now be closed through Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Savannah State University began evacuating residential students on Thursday, and also canceled clases Friday through Tuesday. The campus will be closed beginning Saturday.

Armstrong State Univeristy’s main campus in Savannah and the Armstrong Liberty Center in Hinesville will close at 5 p.m. Thursday. All residence students must leave campus by 9 a.m. on Friday. Classes there were also canceled Friday through Tuesday

The College of Coastal Georgia canceled all classes at its Brunswick campus and Camden Center on Thursday. The college officially closes at 6 p.m. Thursday, and will remain closed through Tuesday.

Students and staff at all campuses were advised to check their campus emails and text notifiations for information on when classes would resume and campuses would reopen.

RELATED: Gov. Nathan Deal urges coastal residents to flee

MORE: Map of Georgia evacuation zones

Other events and locations affected:

Stone Mountain Park attractions and administrative offices are closed Monday.

Zoo Atlanta will be closed Monday. Stay tuned to zooatlanta.org for updates on whether the zoo will reopen on Tuesday.

The Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival scheduled for Sept. 15-17 has been canceled. There arecurrently  no plans to reschedule the annual festival.

Six of the state Department of Driver Services customer service centers will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 and remain clsoed through Saturday. The centers in Brunswick, Hinesville, Kingsland, Rincon, Savannah and Statesboro are included in the closure.

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge will close on Saturday, Sept. 9. The refuge is anticipating high winds, downed trees and loss of power and water services to its facilities. Updates and reopening information will be posted on its Facebook page.

The 15th annual Georgia State Firefighter Weekend, scheduled for Sept. 15-17 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth was canceled until further notice. 

The decision was based on the current predictions of Irma, and the high probablility of it significantly impacting many members of the Georgia Fire Service.

Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield stopped all field training Thursday moring to allow units to begin preparing their unit and homes for expected severe weather.

Check back with AJC.com for additional cancellations and the latest Hurricane Irma news.


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