SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – South Carolina schools announced that campuses and offices will be closed Friday due to the threat of high winds and heavy rain associated with Hurricane Ian.
All Spartanburg School Districts said their schools will hold an eLearning day. Students are not required to log on for live instruction.
All districts mentioned that events scheduled for the remainder of the week have been canceled.
Laurens County School District 55 said all schools will shift to eLearning. Teachers will post assignments for students to complete but there will be no live classes.
School-related activities including athletics on Friday have also been impacted according to the district.
The varsity football game at Greer Friday has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 29th at 7 p.m. The junior varsity football game scheduled for Thursday has been canceled.
The volleyball match scheduled for Thursday has also been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
Superintendent Dr. Ameca Thomas said, “School buses cannot be operated with the strong winds that are being predicted. We are committed to the safety of all Laurens 55 students, staff and families.”
The district said schools and offices are expected to return to their normal schedule Monday.
Greenville County Schools announced students will have an eLearning day Friday.
The district said schools across the county experienced intermittent power outages due to wind conditions Thursday.
The forecasts predict the potential for additional power outages due to downed trees and powerlines, which could further inhibit safe travel and building operations Friday.
Students are able to complete eLearning assignments later if they are unable to participate due to power outages, no internet service or other barriers.
The district said all campuses and offices will be closed to the public. All activities, including athletic events and field trips, are also canceled.
Abbeville County School District said all schools will shift to eLearning Friday due to the threat of Tropical Storm Ian.
The Cherokee County School District said all schools will move to eLearning Friday due to inclement weather.
The Oconee County School District said students will have eLearning Friday due to inclement weather.
The School District of Pickens County said students will have an eLearning day instead of attending school in-person Friday.
According to the district, eLearning days allow students to make up days missed to inclement weather or other emergencies by completing a set of assignments within five school days.
This will be the first eLearning day for the district of this school year.
Buncombe County Schools said all BCS field trips, after-school activities, and athletics will be postponed Friday.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
The University of South Carolina said all classes scheduled for the Columbia campus, including in-person and virtual, Friday are canceled.
The Limestone University Campus in Gaffney will be closed on Friday, and classes will pivot to eLearning.