Education

Update: 

Polk County administrative and court offices are going to open Thursday morning, but slightly later than normal after being closed today. 

County Manager Matt Denton announced this evening that county offices and the courthouses will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning following a day being closed due to winter weather. 

The cities of Aragon, Cedartown and Rockmart haven't yet announced their intentions for opening times yet on Thursday. Georgia Highlands faculty and students additionally will be staying home for those in classes from Polk County, joining the Polk School District who announced their closing tomorrow earlier this afternoon.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College's campus will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Also, the Polk County Health Department will remain closed for the day. 

Previously posted: 

Road conditions and extreme temperatures will keep students home from school again in Polk County on Thursday, officials decided this afternoon. 

Polk School District Superintendent Laurie Atkins made the announcement to parents, students and staff around 2:50 p.m. that schools will remain closed for Thursday,  January 18. 

"With there being continuing hazardous road conditions, the forecast temperatures to remaining below freezing for an extended period of time, and the Governor declaring a State of Emergency through Thursday, the school district will be closed again for students and staff," Atkins' statement read. 

She added that temperatures are predicted to rise again on Thursday, which is hoped to alleviate travel issues for local residents and get buses back on the road by Friday. 

"We greatly appreciate everyone's understanding and patience," Atkins said. "All circumstances and safety issues are weighed before making a decision, and we realize it affects our parents and guardians when making arrangements for student care." 

Students were out today in a Distance Learning Day, having taken materials home with them on Tuesday before an early release ahead of the arrival of the latest round of snow and ice in Polk County. 

Check back for further updates about closings as they become available.