Power restored at Charleston County schools

A backyard in Round O is frozen over (Source: Shelle Britt)
A backyard in Round O is frozen over (Source: Shelle Britt)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston County School District say power has been restored after numerous schools lost power Tuesday morning.

According to Jason Sakran, power has been restored at Buist, Mary Ford, Dunston, School of the Arts, Academic Magnet High School, Liberty Hill, North Charleston Creative Arts, Lowcountry Tech, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Charleston School of Math and Science, and Mitchelll.

The water is back on at West Ashley High School, Sakran says. 
CCSD will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss plans for Wednesday in regards to the weather.

CCSD officials say no decision has been made regarding early dismissal at this time. SCE&G has implemented rolling blackouts and the outages could last 30 minutes to an hour.

Live 5 Meteorologist Justin Lock says new record lows were set in North Charleston and downtown Charleston Tuesday morning. Temperatures in North Charleston hit 17 degrees, beating the previous record of 22 degrees set in 1959. The morning low hit 20 degrees in downtown, beating the previous record of 21 degrees set 90 years ago.

A record cold morning will be followed by an unusually cold afternoon and another frigid night before a warming trend begins Wednesday afternoon and into the upcoming weekend. Tuesday, expect a mostly sunny sky and high temperatures barely breaking the freezing mark. Wind will be much less this afternoon generally less than 10 mph.

Tuesday night winds will be calm and temperatures will again fall into the teens inland and low 20's along the coastline. Wind chills won't be a factor Wednesday morning.

Officials at Fort Dorchester Elementary School say the school lost power Tuesday morning, but generators are keeping the school up and running. SCE&G has told Dorchester District 2 power should be restored around 10:30 a.m.

Take a look at how schools will operate on Tuesday:


Charleston County School District officials say all Charleston county schools will observe a 2-hour delay. 

"The safety and welfare of our students is our highest priority," a statement from CCSD stated on Monday afternoon."We are asking all parents to dress their children in warm clothing. All district employees are being asked to report to their schools or offices, two hours later than their normal start time."

CCSD are also posted the following reminder to parents:

Temperatures will be extremely cold tomorrow morning, so please dress children in warm clothing. Check back here, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or tune into local news channels for updates. Information will be updated as soon as it becomes available.


In addition, Dorchester County District 2 School officials say their schools will be on a 3-hour delay.

"Due to extremely cold temperatures and harsh weather conditions on Tuesday, January 7 and
its impact on the welfare of our students, Dorchester School District Two will operate on a delayed three-hour opening tomorrow," a press release by DD2 officials stated."All staff and students are to report to schools three hours later than the normal schedule.  Buses will run on a delayed morning schedule. "

DD2 also released the following changes for Tuesday:

•    The 4-K program classes for both morning and afternoon sessions will be canceled  
•    Mid-day special education classes will also be canceled.

Officials with Dorchester District 4 says they will operate on a three-hour delay Tuesday. DD4 teachers and staff will operate on a two-hour delay.


Officials with the Berkeley County School District say their schools will observe a three-hour delay. The district is asking parents to dress their children in layers and in warm clothing.

"With student safety as our highest priority, all Berkeley County School District schools and before-school programs will operate according to a three-hour delay on Tuesday, January 7 due to forecasts of extremely cold weather," a press release by BCSD stated." Parents can find the three-hour delay schedule for their children's schools on the district's website here.  At this time, there no expected cancellations of the district's after-school child care or after-school programming tomorrow afternoon."


Official with Colleton County School District say school will start at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.


Schools and administrative offices in Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four will be closed Tuesday.


Officials with the Williamsburg County School District say they will be implementing a 2 and 1/2 hour school opening delay on Tuesday. Extended programs are also being canceled.


Officials with the Georgetown County School District say schools will operate on a two-hour delay.

According to school officials buses will run two hours later than normal and classes with begin two-hours later than normal.  

District employees will report to work at their normal time.


* Cathedral Academy will be on a 3-hour delay.

* Trident Academy (Mt. Pleasant) on a 2-hour delay.

* Addlestone Hebrew Academy will operate on a 2-hour delay.

* Pinewood Preparatory School officials say their school will be on a 3-hour delay Tuesday. Officials say "Pinewood Plus" before school care will be closed in the morning and will be open for after-school care.

* Mason Preparatory School will operate on a 2-hour delay.

* Charleston Cosmetology Institute says students should report to their classes at 12 p.m. Tuesday.

* First Baptist Christian Education Development Center will open at 9:30 a.m. 

* First Baptist School (downtown) is closed Tuesday due to a power outage.

* KUMC KIDS preschool in Dorchester District 2 is closed.

* Dorchester County Career and Technology Center is closed.

Live 5 News will continue to provide updates if more school districts announce delays or closings.

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