Some Horry County public schools still struggling with power outages

vgrooms@thesunnews.comFebruary 14, 2014 

Public schools in Horry County’s Aynor and Green Sea Floyds attendance areas are still struggling with power outages.

“There have been difficulties with getting service restored, and in some cases, power has been restored and then gone out again,” said Teal Harding, district spokeswoman. “We assume it’ll be fine by Monday.”

All schools in the district were closed Wednesday and Thursday because of an ice storm that hit the area. Schools in seven of the district’s nine attendance areas were able to open Friday, but power outages and other remnants of the storm kept schools in the Aynor and Green Sea Floyds areas closed.

The district usually closes all attendance areas in these situations, but most schools already have lost six instructional days because of bad weather in the last month, with Aynor and Green Sea Floyds having missed seven days. Students were scheduled to have a student holiday Monday, but schools will be in session because it was a predesignated make-up day. March 28 also will be a make-up day, but Harding said no other decisions on make-up days have been made.

Harding said the only time she can recall a similar situation was in 1999 in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd when only schools in the Conway attendance area remained closed. Waccamaw River flooding forced many students and employees from their homes, and roads couldn’t be traveled, she said. The district made up the instructional time by extending the length of several school days.

Many students in the district cross attendance lines to attend programs at other schools, such as the Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology, and that causes some difficulties for students who may live in attendance areas that are closed but attend classes in areas that are open, Harding said. Principals will be working to accommodate students in those situations, she said.

Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_VickiGrooms.

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