A winter storm hit the Atlanta metro area Jan. 6, prompting SCAD Atlanta to close early and not fully resume normal operations until Jan. 9.
The storm brought freezing rain, ice and snow, with temperatures dropping into the 20s and wind chills pushing into the single digits.
In an effort to support student safety, meals were delivered to the residence halls and students were offered a variety of programming and activities over the course of the weekend.
“We had casual programming in each hall to give students activities as an alternative to the cold and unsafe driving conditions,” said Director of Student Life Jessica Merriman. “By providing meals and activities, it alleviates the need to travel or otherwise put yourself in the unsafe elements.”
Snow began falling as early as 7 p.m. in parts of north Georgia and started picking up in the metro area around 8 p.m., causing hazardous driving conditions across the state. Multiple wrecks and downed trees were reported and according to Georgia Power, more than 10,000 people lost power.
“Student safety is our first priority,” said Merriman. “We always appreciate the patience and understanding of our residents when such emergency situations arise.”
SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, Ivy Hall, the Digital Media Center and the ACA Sculpture Studio have also resumed normal operations.