The first step, say officials, is to monitor forecasts from the National Weather Service and local newscasts.
Atlanta’s school system coordinates with the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, and the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Gwinnett’s school system keeps in touch with the county government, police, first responders and electrical power companies.
Many systems also sent out scouts from transportation teams, who drive some roads to determine if it’s safe for school buses.
In those districts, as with others, the final call comes from the superintendent.
Readers have to respect this response from Decatur City Schools Superintendent David Dude, who posted on his Facebook page about 11 days ago after the forecast of icy rain, which never fell but left schools closed.
“For those who are asking, I am the one who decides when we close school, delay school, or release early. If my decision upsets you, please direct your anger at me. ...I am well aware of how much closing school impacts families. I would love to have school on Monday, but it's simply not feasible when we live in a region that is so ill prepared for ice.”
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