All public schools in Horry County will be open Monday, according to Teal Harding, Horry County Schools spokeswoman.
Power has been restored to all schools in the Aynor and Green Sea Floyds attendance areas, Harding said Sunday. Monday was originally scheduled to be a student holiday but is being used as a make-up day for one lost during the recent ice storm.
Some students in the Aynor and Green Sea Floyds areas may still be dealing with difficulties from the storm, Harding said. Those students should contact their principals, who will work with them case by case.
All schools in the district were closed Wednesday and Thursday because of the ice storm. 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 the district closing some schools but having classes in others because of weather 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.
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