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School board to determine what to do with days lost to Dorian

The Colleton County School Board will be meeting soon to discuss their options in how to make up for four full school days missed last week because of Hurricane Dorian.
Hurricane Dorian’s threat to the South Carolina coast prompted S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster to issue a mandatory evacuation for several coastal counties: that order was issued last Monday, Sept. 1st.
Among those areas forced to evacuate were Zones A and B in Colleton County. This included Edisto Beach and parts of Jacksonboro and Green Pond. Other evacuated counties included Beaufort County, Jasper County and Charleston County.
Also, because of the governor’s evacuation order, emergency shelters were created in those evacuated counties for those who chose to leave their homes. In Colleton County, the designated shelter is Colleton County High School. Because of both the evacuation order and because of the opening of Colleton County High School as a public shelter, the Colleton County School District closed school last week, starting Sept. 1. Schools remained closed through Friday, Sept. 6th.
The Colleton County School Board has already approved a calendar for the current 2019-2020 year. This calendar includes three designated make-up days for instructional time lost due to inclement weather.
These approved make-up days are already slated for Nov. 4th, March 20th, and April 10th.
All school districts in South Carolina are required by state officials to have three make-up days for inclement weather.
According to Sean Gruber, communications director and spokesman for the Colleton County School District, the school board can still meet and choose to forgive any lost instructional days due to Hurricane Dorian. That decision will likely occur during the school board’s upcoming meeting.
“The school board can choose to vote and waive those days already lost,” he said, last week.
Hurricane Dorian brushed our coast on Thursday morning as a Category Three hurricane, and brought coastal flooding, downed trees and beach erosion to Edisto Beach. Further inland, Hurricane Dorian caused Walterboro to experience downed trees, sporadic power outages and heavy rains.

Heather Walters (1607 Posts)