Several Upstate school districts have already announced plans to open late on Tuesday as forecast show temperatures will drop to dangerous lows.
All Anderson County school district (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) are delaying the start of school by 2 hours on Tuesday. The district said all processes in the morning will be pushed back exactly 2 hours; for example, if a student normally is picked up by a bus at 6:30 a.m., they will be picked up Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.
Greenville County Schools have decided to operate under a 3-hour delay Tuesday, though students can still arrive at their normal time.
Students arriving before the delayed start time will participate in enrichment activities and breakfast will be available to those students. Special education half-day programs for three-year-old children are canceled. Employees should report at their regular time.
"Tomorrow's extremely low temperatures present a unique situation, requiring a different option for a delayed start of school," district spokesman Oby Lyles said. "A three-hour delay, combined with the opening of school buildings at regular time, was decided after considering the impact of extremely cold temperatures on bus riders and the needs of families who transport their children to school."
Pickens County schools will also operate on a 2-hour delay Tuesday with classes starting at 10 a.m. The school district spokesperson said the morning 4K classes will be canceled while afternoon 4K classes will continue as normal. Employees will report to work at their normal times.
"The purpose of the delay is to allow it to warm up outside before children have to wait at their bus stops," said John Eby, spokesperson for School District of Pickens County.
All Spartanburg County Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay Tuesday, according to Cathy McMillan.
"We want to be prepared for serious conditions in the morning," stated Ron Garner, Superintendent of District One Schools and Spokesperson for Spartanburg County Superintendents. "With the predicted low temperatures and wind chill, we believe it is in the best interests of our students and staff to be on a delay so that they are not out in severe conditions in the early morning hours."
The School District of Oconee County said they will open on their regular schedule Tuesday because temperatures are not expected to rise much in the morning.
"We have taken the necessary steps to ensure a warm and safe environment when children arrive tomorrow," said district spokesperson Deb Wickliffe. "Getting students to school on a regular schedule where breakfast and lunch could be served was deemed the best decision considering that most parents will have to work."
The district posted these tips online to help make sure students stay safe and warm:
Please send students to school with several layers of clothing. This can help them keep warm while outside and allow flexibility to remove layers when inside the building. Gloves and hats are a good idea for these conditions.
Bus students should stay inside while waiting for the bus. Bus drivers will be waiting longer at each stop so that children can stay inside their homes and go to the stop when they see the bus approaching.
Principals will monitor temperatures and adjust the length and location of recess as necessary.
Tardies can be excused by principals for weather related issues.
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