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School districts across Lexington County switching to eLearning day Friday due to hazardous weather

Lexington County, SC 09/28/2022 (Paul Kirby) - With forecasters from the National Hurricane Center calling for bad weather associated with Hurricane Ian beginning early Friday and lasting for most, if not all weekend, Lexington County school districts are announcing they are switching to an eLearning day on Friday, September 30, 2022.


Each are also cancelling all after-school activities, programs and athletic events that were scheduled for Friday. These types of events are being rescheduled and new dates for specific events will be announced soon. Districts will continue to monitor weather conditions for Thursday evening’s athletic events in case additional adjustments become necessary at that time.


Teachers have already begun preparing students for Friday’s eLearning day. Parents should watch their emails or check with their students for any additional information or instructions the districts, individual schools, or teachers may have sent home.

The decision to switch was made after districts consulted with local, county and state officials. Should additional changes be necessary, districts say families will receive updates by phone or email, and each district or school’s social media sites. You can continue to watch local media for storm-related updates as well.


Districts have said that safety of their students, families, and employees is a top concern. Most forecast show Lexington County will experience, among other things, high sustained wind gust. These types of weather conditions far exceed the wind limits for operating a school bus safely. Road conditions, especially dirt or unpaved roads, could deteriorate rapidly. These factors are just one of the many concerns leaders have had to consider when making this type of decision.


All Lexington County citizens are urged to monitor weather forecasts and notices regularly in order to make sure they are prepared for this weather event.


PHOTO: This is the current predicted path of Hurricane Ian form the Natinal Hurricane Center at 6:15 pm on Wedesday the 28th. It is subject to change often.


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