School districts monitoring Julia, watching for impact on schools

School districts monitoring Julia, watching for impact on schools

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Lowcountry school districts are watching the weather to determine whether rainfall from Tropical Storm Julia could require school schedules to be adjusted.

Charleston County School District spokesman Andy Pruitt said CCSD expects to run a normal schedule throughout the week.

"However, we understand certain areas may be affected by flooding because of the conditions," Pruitt said. "So we are prepared to adjust schedules for only those schools in the impacted areas, if there is a need to do so."

Berkeley County school leaders issued a brief statement earlier Wednesday on Tropical Storm Julia, which is expected to produce several inches of rain over the area through Thursday.

The statement read:

BCSD officials have been in contact with Berkeley County Emergency Preparedness and are receiving regular updates on Tropical Storm Julia from the National Weather Service. The most current forecasts predict heavy rain, but there has been no indication that our area will receive strong winds or other severe weather. As safety and security is our number one priority, officials will continue to monitor the storm to determine the potential impact on our schools.

School districts shut down for a day on Sept. 2, giving students a longer Labor Day holiday weekend because of the possible threat of rain, flooding and strong winds from Tropical Storm Hermine.

The district announced earlier Wednesday that the designated inclement weather day of Monday, Oct. 17 will be used as the make-up day for Sept. 2.

In Dorchester County, DD2 spokesperson Pat Raynor confirmed Wednesday afternoon the district will operate on a normal schedule Thursday.

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