APS responding to collapse with new opening times, bus arrangements

School officials hope new start times and bus procedures will help kids get to school on time while lessening traffic concerns.

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools is putting new rules in place to help alleviate traffic brought on by the I-85 collapse.

The school system announced that it is now requesting bus riders from Morningside Elementary School and the North Atlanta Cluster arrive at their bus stops 15 minutes early. The North Cluster includes Bolton Academy, Brandon Elementary School, Garden Hills Elementary Schools, Jackson Elementary School, Rivers Elementary School, Smith Elementary School, Sutton Middle School and North Atlanta High School.

Here's what APS is doing in anticipation of Monday's traffic nightmare

The new plan goes into effect on Monday and school officials hope the additional time will insure an on-time drop-off.

The school system is also announcing that all of these schools will be opening their doors 15 minutes earlier for the rest of the school year to help reduce the congestion of students being brought to school by parents.

Elementary schools will open at 7:15 a.m. and class will start at 8 a.m. North Atlanta High School will open at 8 a.m. and class will begin at 8:45 a.m. Sutton MIddle School doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:15 a.m.

In addition, APS is creating a temporary bus compound at North Atlanta High School in order to park buses serving neighborhoods on the north side of the city. The APS Police Department is also working in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department to provide increased traffic support around schools and neighborhoods with anticipated traffic concerns.

In an abundance of caution, the district is stocking all of the impacted buses with bottled water in the event that students are stuck in traffic for extended periods of time.

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