Michael Wilson tries to find an alternate way around the flooded Buford Highway. Buford Highway was flooded just north of I-285 in DeKalb County due to a water main break on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. DeKalb County schools closed early because of the break, giving the district yet another day for students to make up, in a year that’s already had plenty of those. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb, Decatur schools to reopen after water-main break forced closure

DeKalb County Schools and Decatur City Schools will reopen Thursday, a day after a water main break affected water pressure and forced all DeKalb schools to close.

A water main break caused flooding on Buford Highway in Doraville, just north of Interstate 285 in DeKalb County. A boil-water advisory continues to be in effect for DeKalb County residents.

DeKalb officials decided to open Wednesday morning, busing students to school, then announced an early-release schedule about an hour later, which meant busing the students back home between 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Decatur City Schools delayed its start to assess the matter, then decided to close. 

Wednesday afternoon, DeKalb Schools officials said students would make up the day’s missed lessons with a virtual learning day. Decatur officials were unsure how they would recoup lost lessons.


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