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Pickens Co. Schools To Dismiss Early For Clemson Football Game

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Pickens Co. Schools Dismiss Early On November 14 Pickens Co. Schools Dismiss Early On November 14
PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. -

Public schools in Pickens County will dismiss early on November 14 because of expected traffic issues when Clemson’s football team takes on Georgia Tech next Thursday.

Elementary schools will dismiss at 1 p.m. Middle and high schools will let students go at 2 p.m.

“A lot of the parents that go out here and work and stuff, that's kind of hard on them,” said parent Crystal Collins.

7 On Your Side took those worries straight to school leaders, and we asked: why dismiss class early for a football game?

“We’re not canceling school for football. We're canceling school for traffic and safety,” said School District Spokesman John Eby.

The decision was made after the district consulted with Clemson University, South Carolina Highway Patrol and local law enforcement authorities. The school district says they expect more than 100,000 fans to travel Highway 123 on game day. Several roads will also be re-routed in one direction. And the district says it doesn't want teen drivers and their buses in the mess.

“It is hard to get out of the school my children go to already,” said parent Candid Riddle. “And with all that traffic coming down 123 it is just going to be a lot harder."

School leaders are expecting increased traffic around three public schools in Easley. They say that will make it impossible for buses to take students home in a reasonable amount of time, unless they dismiss early.

“We understand it will be an inconvenience to some parents,” said Eby. “The bigger inconvenience is students stuck on a bus for extra hours, parents not knowing when to get them, not knowing when they could come home."

Schools may still hold after-school activities at the principal's discretion.

Employees will still be required to work a full day.

7 On Your Side also asked why the need to end class early across the district if only a few schools are impacted. The school district says early dismissals are treated like snow-dismissals, and if you dismiss one campus, you dismiss them all.

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