DeKalb Schools: Irma damage prompts third day of closures

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DeKalb Schools: Irma damage prompts third day of closures

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DeKalb County students will get a third day at home because of the effects of Tropical Storm Irma.

DeKalb County School District officials say schools won’t reopen Wednesday, as more than half the district’s schools are without power.

About three dozen school buildings also suffered roof damage after the storm formerly known as Hurricane Irma downed trees and dumped rain on metro Atlanta, officials said. Administrative buildings also are still without power.

“Vast swaths of our area remain without power, or cannot be accessed normally,” Superintendent Steve Green said Tuesday. “Safety is the main thing, and will dictate our day-to-day response. We are hopeful we can reopen schools and offices in short order.”

Winds knocked out power to more than 1 million structures across the state, including several DeKalb schools. 

Green, in announcing Monday and Tuesday classes were canceled, said decisions were being made with the school district community in mind. 

“The health and safety of our DCSD family are of the utmost importance,” he said Sunday. “With information currently available, it would not be prudent to open schools knowing the potential impact Hurricane Irma will bring to the area.”

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