Atlanta Public Schools to close Tuesday

Atlanta Public Schools will keep school closed on Tuesday.

The roughly 50,000-student district was one of the few holdouts Sunday that didn’t preemptively cancel classes both Monday and Tuesday. 

Instead, APS superintendent Meria Carstarphen announced the district would close Monday but said school leaders would wait to make a decision about Tuesday classes.

That decision came just after 1 p.m. Monday as metro Atlanta prepared for winds and rain to whip up as Tropical Storm Irma marched toward the city.

Carstarphen announced on Twitter that she made the call “in an abundance of caution” and in coordination with the city.

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School districts, along with numerous city and county governments, closed up Monday amid heavy rain that began early in the morning and concerns about downed trees and power outages.

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