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Clemson game prompts Pickens Co. schools to dismiss early

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A South Carolina school bus. (File/FOX Carolina) A South Carolina school bus. (File/FOX Carolina)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Tigers will host the Yellow Jackets in Death Valley Thursday and because of game-day traffic, Pickens County students will get out of school early.

The School District of Pickens County announced that they will dismiss elementary schools at 1 p.m. and middle and high schools at 2 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 14.

While game-day traffic in and around Clemson is normally reserved to Saturdays, the Tigers' 7:30 p.m. kickoff against Georgia Tech prompted some concern for the district that traffic on roads like U.S. in Easley would significantly impede buses taking students home on Thursday.

The district said they also have concern for student drivers in the traffic, so they consulted with Clemson University, the Highway Patrol and local law enforcement, learning that traffic is expected to sharply increase in the early afternoon.

The district said schools may continue with their planned after-school activities at their principals' discretion and employees will be required to work a full day.

Anderson County School District No. 4 also has early dismissal on the day of the game, according to the school district's website. Parents said early dismissal for that day has been on the schedule since the beginning of the school year.

The Tigers have a bye on Saturday in preparation for the Nov. 14 game, which airs on ESPN.

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