Schools Dismissing Early in Lieu of Severe Weather

Upstate Schools Preparing for Bad Storms

Seth Stokes
April 05, 2017 - 9:26 am

In anticipation of potential severe weather today school districts in the southern portion of the Upstate are dismissing early.

Anderson County Districts 3 & 5 will dismiss elementary students at 11 and middle and high school students at noon.

Newberry county will dismiss elementary students at 11AM, middle school and high school students at 11:30. 

Greenwood County Districts 50 & 52 will dismiss at 11:30AM. 

Abbeville County Schools will dismiss at 11AM. 

Afternoon and evening activities at those districts are cancelled

Greenville County does not plan to dismiss early but has put out a statement regarding their severe weather plan.

"Students who remain home today, or are dismissed early, due to the threat of severe weather will receive an excused absence upon receipt of a note from a parent or guardian stating weather as the reason for the absence. They will be expected and allowed to make up any missed work. Tornado warnings generally cover large areas, but there is no way of knowing precisely when, where, or if extreme severe weather will strike. School facilities are constructed to strict standards and all have designated tornado sheltering areas. School facilities in most circumstances provide more safety than homes or other residential structures. If severe weather strikes during dismissal, students will shelter inside until the threat subsides. Anyone on campus at the time will be allowed into the building until and unless conditions deteriorate to the point the front door cannot safely be manned. If severe weather strikes while students are on buses, the buses will proceed to an appropriate shelter and evacuate students as quickly as possible, just as parents would do if transporting children in their car. All schools have weather radios. All buses have emergency radios."

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