Berkeley County Schools

August 27, 2011 by USA Post 

Berkeley County SchoolsBerkeley County Schools, All schools in the Dorchester School District 4 will close at 1 pm today and the teachers and staff will go after all the children are gone. All afternoon and evening programs are closed.

Berkeley Schools close early. Check the schedule for free time for your child’s school. Dorchester School District 2 and 4 have announced that they will close schools early today, too.

In Dorchester 2, Givhans Alternative School will close at 10 am, primary schools will close at 11 am, high schools will close at noon; Rollings Middle School of the Arts will close at 12:20 pm; other schools half will be closed at 12: 45 pm Child development is closed but extended day programs will be open until 3 pm For more information visit the school district.

Dorchester 4 has not yet announced what time school will be announced.

Charleston County School District officials have been watching Hurricane Irene days, but did not know the parents until 21:30 Thursday that the school would be canceled today.

And about 8 o’clock this morning, the Berkeley County schools announced they would move to a part-time schedule.

“Due to bad weather imminent, Berkeley County Emergency Management has advised the Berkeley County School District to operate on a schedule of noon today,” said a press release in the morning.

Late at night, Charleston County’s decision left many struggling to arrange child care, but school officials said they were acting with members of staff and student safety in mind.

“We felt we could bring (students) safely, but the problem is, can we get home safely?” Said Nancy McGinley Superintendent. “We err on the side of caution rather than creating all this chaos in the middle of the day. We try to go as fast as we could.”

School leaders have been in close communication with the Emergency Operations Centre County, and the last one I received was at 5:30 pm At 5 pm, the National Hurricane Center lifted the advisory for the coast of South Carolina from a tropical storm watch to a warning, that is, tropical storm conditions could be expected within 36 hours.

District officials spent the next hour reviewing information from various sources and realized at about 7 pm as the deadline for winds could begin collecting could create some security problems, said Jeff Scott, director of the district facility security and emergency preparedness.

Strong winds can cause a problem for students traveling home, especially those who ride in buses over bridges, he said. The winds are expected to exceed 30 miles per hour.

The wind at first was not going to get worse until 4 or 5 hours, but this time changed to noon and school leaders.

“We were worried about the storm accelerating,” said Scott.

School officials then began talking about what to do. They came to the district transportation director, the company that provides services of buses, the Emergency Operations Center, a meteorologist, its chief financial officer, the Deputy Superintendent for communication and the superintendent.

“It took us a while to get input from everyone,” said Scott.

Once the superintendent’s decision to cancel school, parents were notified within 15 minutes, he said.

The school district buses run three routes each, so it takes time to get mobilized and transported all the students home, McGinley said. She said she acknowledged that parents were notified at a late hour, but could have created a bigger problem to allow students to attend school in the morning, he said.

Parents had mixed reactions. Some said they preferred to stay home with their children to be in a dangerous situation.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry and cancel it does not,” wrote Caroline snoots bleach in a post on the page and courier Facebook.

Others said the late decision left struggling to make child care plans for today.

“I would like not going to wait until 9:30 pm to make the call!” Beth Hunter Baldwin wrote in another post.

The city of Charleston scheduled to continue preparations for the hurricane today and do regular business, said Barbara Vaughn, a spokesman for the city government.

“Employees should call the human resources information, if you have questions,” he said.

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