COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Thursday is an Alert Day in South Carolina for the risk of widespread severe weather that could generate tornadoes, damaging hail, and heavy rain.
Due to that threat, several Midlands school districts have announced changes to their schedules for the day.
Thursday, March 18 will be an e-Learning day for students in the following districts:
- Bamberg District One
- Richland County School District One
- Richland Two
- Lexington County School District One
- Lexington School District Two
- Lexington County School District Three
- Lexington School District Four
- Lexington-Richland School District Five
- Clarendon School District Two
- Clarendon County School District Three
- Fairfield County School District
- Newberry County Schools
- Orangeburg County School District
- Saluda County Schools
- Sumter School District
- Greenwood School District 51
- Claflin University
- Midlands Middle College
- Lander University
- Union District Schools
The following school district will be completely closed Thursday, including no virtual learning:
- Aiken County Public School District
- First Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten Sumter
- Spring Valley Early Learning Academy
- Riverland Hills Baptist Church Day School
- Lake Murray Montessori School - Lexington Campus
- Lake Murray Montessori School - Northeast Campus
The following school district will have early dismissal:
- Kershaw County School District:
- Elementary schools: 11:30 a.m.
- Middle schools: 11:45 a.m.
- High schools: Noon
- St Peter’s Catholic School
- Early Dismissal at 11:00 a.m.
- After school program closed
All child care programs, athletic events, clubs, meetings, adult education, and other events at any school facility are canceled for the day.
Districts plan to return to their normal schedules for Friday.
This story will be updated if more school districts announce a change.
Everyone in South Carolina should be prepared for the risk of severe weather Thursday.
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