Lowcountry school districts delay class ahead of arctic blast

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- School districts across the Lowcountry are rolling out delays for schools Tuesday morning ahead of the cold arctic blast that will hit the area overnight. Temperatures are expected to drop into the teens.

Officials with the Colleton County School District, Charleston County School District, Georgetown County Schools, Berkeley County Schools, and Dorchester District 2 are delaying the start of classes Tuesday.

According to Christine Stroble with Colleton County Schools, classes will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday. On Tuesday, they will decide what to do on following days. Stroble said the delay is to keep students who have to wait for the bus out of the extreme weather conditions expected Tuesday morning.

Georgetown County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay.

"Buses will run two hours later than normal, and school classes will begin two hours later than normal. However, schools will be open at their normal times for parents who need to drop off their children. District employees will report to work at their normal times," the district said in a statement.

Berkeley County Schools officials said the district will operate on a three-hour delay.

"The district asks that parents please dress their children in layers and in warm clothing.{}During times of severe weather, the district works very closely with its partners including Berkeley County Emergency Preparedness to make decisions related to school dismissals, delays, closures, and bussing," a statement read.

The district said Tuesday that there were no schools dealing with outages and officials said they expect to operate under a normal schedule. After-school programs have not been canceled either, officials said.

Charleston County Schools officials are also implementing a two-hour delay on Tuesday. All district employees are operating on a normal schedule, however.

DD2 officials said schools in the district will operate on a three-hour delay Tuesday.

"All staff and students are to report to schools three hours later than the normal schedule.{} Four-year old kindergarten classes for both morning and afternoon will be canceled. Any mid-day special education classes will also be canceled," a district statement reads.

Dorchester District 4 elementary schools are asking teachers to report at 9:15 a.m. and students to report an hour later. For middle and high schools in DD4, the teachers will report at 9:30 a.m. with students reporting at 10:30 a.m.

Dorchester County Government offices will delay opening until 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to allow for parents to have enough time to get their children to school.

Williamsburg County School District will follow at 2.5-hour delay.

Due to weather concerns across the state, Gov. Nikki Haley ordered on Monday night all state government offices and their employees to follow the same winter weather hazard schedule decisions made by the county government officials where the state office is located.{}

For example, if a county government office delays opening due to winter weather, state offices in that county will follow the same schedule.

Temperatures will begin falling Monday afternoon as a cold front moves along the southeast. A low of 17 degrees is forecast for Tuesday with the high only reaching 36.


Other delays/closures:

First Baptist School in downtown Charleston - CLOSED due to power outage

Charleston Baptist Preschool - opening at 10a.m.

Cathedral Academy on Ashley Phosphate - 3 hours

Bishop England - 2 hours

Park West Preschool in Mount Pleasant - 2 hours (opens at 8:30 a.m.)

Trident Academy in Mount Pleasant - 2 hours

Addlestone Academy - 2 hours

Pinewood Prep - 3 hours

Mason Prep - 2 hours

Franklin C. Fetter Health Centers - all locations will open at 11 a.m.

Charleston Cosmetology Institute - Opening at noon.

First Baptist CEDC in Moncks Corner - 3 hours (opens at (9:30 a.m.)


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