Fulton County schools, DeKalb County schools and Atlanta schools will close Friday, Jan. 31, the systems announced.

Fulton County officials said the schools were also cancelling all extra curricular activities and events. North Springs High School, for instance, has cancelled the performance of “Evelyn, Evelyn” scheduled for Jan. 31.

DeKalb announced its closing in an email about 4:40 p.m. Jan. 30.

In a statement published on Atlanta Public Schools website, Superintendent Errol Davis said the day off would give employees time to recover from the storm and allow school facilities to be restored.

“I have profound gratitude for our school-based employees who stayed overnight to provide care and a safe haven for our students during the storm. I also have the utmost respect and appreciation for our bus drivers who braved the adverse road conditions, and the entire transportation department, for working through the night to reunite our students with their families,” he said.

“My sense is that they as well as employees who had difficulty getting home after dismissal will need a bit more time to recover. We also need to replenish and to restore our facilities prior to resuming normal operations. For these reasons, we have decided to close our schools and administrative offices on Friday, Jan. 31.”

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