Posted: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Schools on a Three-Hour Delay for Thursday, January 8

Due to forecasts for extremely cold temperatures and a wind chill advisory for Thursday morning, January 8, Greenville County Schools will operate on a three-hour delay. Schools will open at their regular times to receive students and will provide educational activities for students arriving at school before the delayed start time. Breakfast will be available to students until 10:00 a.m. and lunch will be served during normal serving times. Special education half-day programs for three-year-old children are cancelled. Parents are also advised to ensure their children are dressed in layers. Employees should report Thursday morning at their regular time. Meetings will be held at regular times unless attendees are notified otherwise.

Tomorrow morning’s extremely low temperatures present a unique situation. A three-hour delay, combined with the opening of school buildings at regular time, was decided after considering the impact of extreme cold temperatures on bus riders and the needs of families who transport their children to school. The decision is based on the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures and a wind chill advisory at the times that students will be picked up at bus stops. This is the same option used in January 2014 that worked well.

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