Updated, 5 p.m. Tuesday
The Fulton County School System has just announced that there will be no classes and activities on Wednesday.
All schools and administrative offices will be closed, and students and staff should not report.
Original report, posted 2 p.m. Tuesday
At 1:45 p.m. today, the Fulton County School System announced it was dismissing classes early, effective immediately.
Here's the full statement we just got:
All Fulton County schools – elementary, middle and high – are closing at 1:45 p.m. due to inclement weather. Bus transportation is in progress but parents are welcome to pick up their children at school if they wish.
Everyone is urged to take care on the roads and drive safety. Student safety is our highest priority.
Stay tuned to local news stations, the school system’s social media channels (Twitter and Facebook), and the FCS website for any change in information.
Fulton was one of the last school districts in metro Atlanta to announce an early dismissal. Throughout the morning and early afternoon parents pleaded for an early closing on the district's Facebook page. Here's what school officials posted on response to those concerns:
Today’s weather pattern has come in faster than initially forecasted. The school day will be ending at 1:45 p.m. for all students – elementary, middle and high. Please feel free to pick up your children at that time. Bus transportation is in progress. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Here's a sampling of the parental concerns:
"Student safety is your priority??? Are you kidding me? You have hundreds of parents out on terrible roads heading to schools & you give 5 minutes notice???!!!"
"If student safety was a priority, you would have made the call before now. Someone needs to be fired over this!"
"Roads are not great. I've gotten NO call or email or text. Seriously, how are parents/caregivers to know this information? What if kids get home on bus and no one there for them? This is poorly played out, FCS. How sad."
"Next time I'm just going to show up and demand my child. You've proven unfit to make decisions regarding his safety in the conditions. I'm absolutely livid!"
"I have no way to get my children now. I am PRAYING you get my girls home safe. This is a nightmare!!!"