DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green said speaks with a class in a file photo.
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Social media merciless after DeKalb Schools close due to I-85 collapse

A day off is magical thing. Better? A day off from school.

But many are surprised with DeKalb County Schools’ decision to cancel classes Friday after an I-85 bridge in Fulton County collapsed. The district said the step was in the best interest of students and Atlanta-area motorists trying to maneuver the traffic nightmare sure to ensue this morning.

On social media, the decision was met with a mix of understanding, confusion, frustration and, of course, jokes.

The confusion was largely based on the fact that Atlanta Public Schools elected to stay open as usual.

How the I-85 closure will affect your commute

But, naturally, some students were excited to be starting spring break a day early. Some parents praised the district’s eye toward safety.

The superintendent, for his part, said the decision made sense.

“After careful evaluation, the district has determined that it will not be able to transport students to and from school efficiently given the transportation event this evening,” said Superintendent Steve Green. “With one day before spring break begins, the prudent decision is to keep students at home, and not contribute to difficult travel conditions.”

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