Several school districts in the Midland have announced closures for Monday and Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Irma's possible impact in South Carolina.
Newberry County Schools is closed on Monday.
The school district said all operations are suspended for Monday out of an abundance of caution. All activities planned for Monday are canceled as well.
Kershaw County School District is closed on Monday.
All school and district activities including adult education classes that were scheduled for Monday are canceled.District officials say they will make a decision about Tuesday's schedule on Monday.
Lexington-Richland District Five school district is closed on Monday.
District officials say the school board meeting along with all other school-related activities will be canceled for that day. Any updates for future closings or delays will be announced using the school district's automated telephone service, website, or social media.
Lexington One and Lexington Two School Districts are closed on Monday.
All meetings and school events scheduled for the day and after school hours have been canceled. Officials for Lexington One say they will continue to monitor the storm over the weekend and will continue to provide updates to parents, students, and staff through the district’s telephone calling system. Lexington Two officials say they plan to reopen on a regular schedule on Tuesday.
Richland One and Richland Two are closed on Monday.
All school and district events that were scheduled for Monday are canceled. District officials will continue to monitor conditions over the weekend, and a decision will be made Monday about school and work schedules for Tuesday.
Also closed on Monday are all Sumter School District offices and schools.
According to a joint statement from districts in Orangeburg County, Orangeburg County Consolidated School Districts 3, 4, and 5 will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.
District officials say they are closing schools due to potentially extreme weather conditions and heavy traffic troubles if coastal residents are ordered to evacuate.
"These conditions also make it unsafe for school buses to operate and transport children to and from school," the Orangeburg County statement said. "It is our priority in these situations to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
The district is among the first to cancel schools ahead of the storm.
Gov. Henry McMaster said during a news conference on Thursday that he may still order all schools and government offices across the state to close. As of Friday, that decision has not yet been made.
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