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Schools closing, delaying starts due to cold weather

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A number of school districts in South Carolina are taking precautions because of bitter cold temperatures that pushed into the state last night into this morning.

Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four schools and administrative offices will be closed Tuesday. According to Assistant Superintendent Larry Wolfe, the potential for cold temperatures and wind chills led to the decision to close.

Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five schools will open at the regular time on Tuesday and will dismiss early at 1:30 p.m. In anticipation of the cold weather that is expected for Tuesday morning, OCSD5 school facilities will open early at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning as a convenience for any parent that would prefer to take their child to school rather than ride the school bus. In addition, school buses will pick children up in front of their homes on Tuesday morning to allow children to remain indoors until the bus arrives.

Students in Calhoun County are on a 2-hour delay Tuesday. They are to report to school at 10:00a.m. The food services and custodial staff is expected in at their regular time, but the rest of the staff is scheduled to come in at 9:00.

All schools and offices in Lexington-Richland School District Five will operate on a two-hour delay on Tuesday. Students and staff should report two hours later than normal schedule. Bus routes will also be delayed by two hours.

Richland One will operate on a two-hour delayed start schedule Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Percy Mack said Monday. Buses will pick up students two hours later than the normal pick-up times, and school will start two hours later than the regularly scheduled start times. Employees should report to work two hours later than their normal work start times.

Richland School District Two will operate on a two-hour delay Tuesday. A two-hour delay means: students who ride the bus should report to their bus stops two hours later than usual; car-riders should report to their schools two hours later than usual; and employees who have not been notified otherwise, should report to work two hours later than usual.

Due to the fact that school does not open again until Jan. 8, Lexington School District One will not have a 2-hour delay. Staff are expected to report at their normal hours.

Lexington School District Two is delaying the opening of school for two hours. Administrators, custodians, maintenance employees and food service employees are to report for work at their regular time. Teachers, teacher assistants, and office support staff are to report to work one hour later than their normal arrival time. As a result, the morning and afternoon three and four year old half-day classes are canceled for Tuesday.

All Lexington County School District Three schools will operate on a 2-hour delay for Tuesday. A two-hour delay means: Students who ride the bus should report to their bus stops two hours later than usual; and car-riders should report to their schools two hours later than usual. The following schedule will be in place for the start of school on Tuesday: B-L Primary and B-L Elementary will start at 9:45 a.m.; B-L Middle will start at 9:55 a.m.; and B-L High will start at 10:05 a.m. No breakfast will be served at any school, but lunch will be served at all schools.  Lexington Three teachers and teaching assistants should also report to their respective schools on a 2-hour delay.

Lexington Four will also operate on a 2-hour delay Tuesday. All 240 day employees are to report to work at their regularly scheduled time. All teachers and other staff should report on a one-hour delay.

Saluda County schools will operate on a 2-hour delay Tuesday. Staff should report at regular time.

Kershaw County School District schools will open on a two-hour delay Tuesday. Staff will report at their normal time. Three- and four-year-old students in morning classes will not attend. Breakfast will be served.

The Fairfield County School District will operate on 2-hour delay Tuesday.

Due to the possibility of extreme weather conditions, all Newberry County Schools will operate on a two-hour delayed schedule. Buses will run two hours later than the regular route time and schools will begin two hours later than usual. Pre-kindergarten classes which meet only in the morning will not be held. All employees are to report at their regular time as conditions permit.

School is delayed one-hour on Tuesday and Wednesday in Clarendon School District 3, according to Superintendent Connie Dennis.

Saluda County Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay Tuesday. Staff should report at regular time.

In Edgefield County, the school district has elected to delay the start of classes for two hours on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Staff will also be delayed one hour both days.

Click here to see a full list of area closings and cancellations

Temperatures are forecasted to be in the teens with wind chills near or below zero Tuesday morning. Most of the Midlands could stay below freezing all day.

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