Dalton, Whitfield, Murray public schools closed Wednesday because of weather

Jan. 16—Whitfield and Murray public schools will be closed Wednesday because of expected low temperatures.

"Due to dangerous temperatures during bus pickup times, icy parking lots and backroads, and extreme demand on the power grid, all Whitfield County schools and administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 17," said Kristina Horsley, Whitfield County Schools' communications director.

There will be no distance learning.

Dalton Public Schools will be closed for in-person instruction Wednesday and will be virtual learning only.

"Students are advised to log on to their canvas accounts to access assignments provided by their teachers," the school system said in a statement. "All school-related extracurricular activities are canceled for tomorrow as well."

The school system said it will continue to monitor weather forecasts and will make an announcement regarding school operations on Thursday by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

"Due to the extremely low temperatures and the potential for power outages across the district, Murray County Schools will be closed for in-person instruction tomorrow, Jan. 17," the school system said in a statement.

"However, in order to engage our students while we are out of school, Wednesday will be considered a Distance Learning Day," the statement read. "Students with Chromebook access may have assignments shared through their Google Classrooms. Students without Chromebook access will be given non-digital assignments by their teachers. Schools/teachers will communicate their expectations for the day directly with our parents and students. Student expectations will not be overwhelming, but we do want the students to engage in some learning activities since we are not in school. Again, expectations and assignments for the day will be directly communicated from your teacher."