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Greenville County Schools: Parents should 'prepare for all possible scenarios' on Wednesday

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Greenville County School District announced it would operate on a regular schedule on Wednesday after crews assessed the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irma.

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, utility companies in the Upstate reported outages affecting hundreds of thousands of customers. The district said its ICE team was out between 8 and 10 a.m. assessing damage.

READ MORE: 150,000+ people in Upstate, western NC still without power after Irma

Beth Brotherton, district spokesperson, said no Greenville County schools suffered significant damage but some non-essential items were broken or blown in the wind. Brotherton also said trees and debris were in parking lots and car line areas, which maintenance teams were working to clear.

"At this point we plan to use the two of the three make-up days that are built into our school calendar, but because the Governor declared a state of emergency there is some chance those days will simply be forgiven," she said.

As of 10:45 p.m., the following schools and offices were still without power:

  • Ellen Woodside Elementary
  • Riley Child Development Center

Brotherton said Duke Power expects the power to be restored to all by midnight. She said the schools will still be open if power is not restored but that student absences would be excused.

Brotherton said the ICE teams, which normally survey winter weather conditions, were instead checking schools for storm damage. She said the teams had not found any major damage to school buildings but did note some damage to some playground equipment and smaller structures.

Brotherton said downed trees were also blocking some school entrances and limbs/debris were still an issue on roads surrounding some schools Tuesday afternoon.

Schools are prepared to operate without power. They have emergency generators to provide power to common areas and can bring in food and water, but Brotherton said the focus is on other factors like building temperatures.

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