ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools is gearing up for an expected traffic nightmare on Monday.
With students (and parents) returning from spring break next week, officials are warning that drivers could see some major delays as drivers hit roads already clogged after the collapse of a portion of I-85.
On Thursday, Atlanta Public Schools announced it was taking the following measures in anticipation of the congestion:
- The district 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.
- For the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year, Morningside Elementary School and all schools in the North Atlanta cluster will open their doors 15 minutes earlier than normal.
- This will serve to extend the morning drop-off window for parents in hopes of reducing congestion around schools.
- Elementary school doors will open at 7:15 a.m. (start time 8 a.m.)
- North Atlanta High School doors will open at 8 a.m. (start time 8:45 a.m.)
- Sutton Middle School doors will open at 8:30 a.m. (start time 9:15 a.m.)
- The district is requesting that all Morningside Elementary School and North Atlanta cluster bus riders report to their bus stops 15 minutes early beginning Monday so that buses have additional time to ensure an on-time drop-off.
- Atlanta Public Schools Police Department is 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.
The district said it will monitor the situation and adjust as needed.
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