Horry County Schools will remain closed through Friday because of Hurricane Florence, according to the school district.
Students have been out of Horry schools since Sept. 11, three days before Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane. By the end of this week, students will have missed a total of nine school days.
While the storm is gone, the aftermath of Florence remains as rising rivers flood roads and neighborhoods.
“I believe we as a district are making the best decisions we can with the historic flooding issue before us that is literally changing by the hour,” schools Superintendent Rick Maxey said Wednesday.
School officials have not said when students will make up the lost days.
Maxey said the challenges for schools are bus transportation and the predicted flooding that could impact travel into next week. Some HCS teachers and staff have not returned to the area due to “major roadway complications,” he said.
Conway Elementary could expect flooding.
“We are currently placing sandbags to help mitigate any potential flooding,” HCS spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier told The Sun News on Wednesday morning.
Loris Elementary is still being used as a shelter. Horry County Emergency Management officials have asked HCS to remain on standby to support potentially displaced flood victims, Maxey said.
“We feel like that is in the best interest of our entire HCS community for our schools to remain closed for the rest of the week,” he said. “We will work closely with our local and state officials as they monitor these historic flooding challenges that our county may face over the next two weeks.”
Horry school officials will make another update by noon Sunday, Maxey said.