Schools, businesses begin to reopen after Hurricane Dorian

Schools, businesses begin to reopen after Hurricane Dorian
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Some schools and businesses are beginning to come back to life after Hurricane Dorian.

While Tri-County schools remain closed Friday, several government and medical offices are slowly beginning to reopen.

As we receive announcements of reopenings or extended closures, we’ll list them here.


School Openings

  • Beaufort County School District - Reopens Monday.
  • Berkeley County School District - Students and teachers return to work Monday.
  • Charleston County School District - Reopens Monday.
  • Charleston School of Law - Classes will resume as scheduled on Monday. Dean Andy Abrams said plans for making up the missed classes will be provided at a later date, adding that the scheduled fall break will not be used for make up classes.
  • Charleston Southern University - The CSU campus will reopen on Saturday at 7 a.m. Residents will be allowed to enter their residence hall at that time. Classes will resume on Monday.
  • College of Charleston resumes classes and operations on Monday.
  • Colleton County School District - Reopens Monday.
  • Cummins Theological Seminary in Summerville - Classes will resume Monday.
  • Dorchester School District 2 - Reopens Monday.
  • Dorchester School District 4 - Reopens Monday.
  • First Baptist School of Charleston - Reopens Monday on a regular schedule.
  • Georgetown County School District - Reopens Monday.
  • Horry County School District - Reopens Monday.
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College - Campuses reopen on Monday.
  • Jasper County School District - Reopens Monday.
  • South Carolina State University - Faculty and staff report to work Friday. Graduate classes resume Saturday; General classes resume Monday.
  • Trident Technical College campuses and sites will reopen and resume a normal schedule Monday. The college will remain closed through Sunday, and weekend clinical and Continuing Education classes have been canceled.
  • Williamsburg County School District - Reopens Monday.

Business, Church & Government Openings

  • Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority - Will reopen all its call/customer service center Monday at 8:30 a.m.
  • Charleston City Market - Will reopen Saturday. Night Market will reopen Friday.
  • Circa 1886 - Opens for dinner Friday night.
  • Elms Digestive and Elms Endoscopy Center - Reopens on Monday.
  • Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie - Reopens on Monday.
  • Harris Teeter - Four locations will begin free water and ice distribution Saturday at 9 a.m. The four locations are at St. Andrews Shopping Center (975 Savannah Hwy.); Folly Road Crossing (1985 Folly Rd.); James Island Center (1739 Maybank Hwy.); and Harbor View Shopping Center (1005 Harbor View Rd.). The free distribution will occur as long as supplies last. Available items include 24-packs of bottled water and/or gallon jugs of water and 10-pound bags of ice.
  • Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant - The hotel and Eliza’s Bar + Kitchen, the hotel restaurant, resumed normal operations. For our neighbors who are still feeling the effects of Dorian, we are offering a $99 Good Neighbor Rate. Please call the hotel directly at 843-884-6000.
  • Joint Base Charleston - All personnel are recalled, limited evacuation order has been lifted. All personnel are ordered/authorized to return to their residence as soon as possible, but when it is safe to do so given the weather and road conditions from their safe haven location, but no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Sunday. At that time all claimable travel, lodging, and per diem entitlements will cease. This order does not apply to personnel detailed to the Naval Information Warfare Center. NIWC personnel should follow guidance from the activity head. Base business operations are expected to return to normal Monday.
  • Lowcountry Regional EMS Council - Office will reopen Monday at 9 a.m. All clinical rotations and EMS Courses will also resume Monday.
  • Middleton Place - Reopened Monday morning
  • Publix - All locations are open as of 7 a.m. Friday.
  • Patriots Point - Reopens Tuesday at 9 a.m.
  • Roper St. Francis Healthcare - All Roper St. Francis Healthcare facilities – including our three hospitals, Express Cares, freestanding ERs, Physician Partners offices, labs and imaging centers – will begin seeing patients on Friday morning. For questions about an appointment, please call 843-402-CARE (2273).
  • The SC Works Trident Centers will open on Monday, Sept. 9 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Seacoast Church - Will resume normal weekend services at all campuses.
  • South Carolina Aquarium - Will reopen to the public on Saturday for normal hours (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Summerville Garbage & Recycling - All garbage and recycling collection services are expected to return to normal operations Monday.
  • Taziki’s Mediterranean Café - Will reopen its downtown Charleston location at 11 a.m. Friday.

School closures

  • Ashley River Baptist Child Development Center- closed until further notice
  • Beaufort County Schools - Closed Friday.
  • Charleston Cosmetology Institute - Closed Tuesday until further notice.
  • Charles Webb Center daycare- Closed through Friday
  • The Citadel - The Citadel is preparing to evacuation and close campus on Monday. All campus activities with the exception of hurricane preparation, are canceled until further notice. The Citadel Corps of Cadets will be released after their last duty Monday, which will be no later than noon. Once these duties are complete, every member of the Corps of Cadets will depart the campus in an orderly fashion, in accordance with the Citadel’s hurricane evacuation plans. Faculty & staff members who are non-essential for securing the campus and taking campus closure or emergency actions should not report to work Monday. Online classes will continue as scheduled, unless faculty notify students otherwise.
  • Cummins Theological Seminary in Summerville - Classes and opening Chapel are cancelled Saturday.
  • Discovery School in N. Charleston will be closed starting Tuesday, September 3rd until the evacuation order has been lifted.
  • Dorchester School District 4 - Will be open for classes Monday September 9th .
  • International Diving Institute - Due to the inclement weather and current State of Emergency issued by Governor McMaster all classes will be canceled for the week of September 2, 2019. The administrative office will be closed tomorrow September 3, 2019. All classes for students will be cancelled for this week
  • James Island Early Childhood Christian Academy- Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • LaTrice D. Ferguson School of Nursing Assistants in Walterboro - Will be closed Thursday.
  • Limestone College - Evening program site closed Tuesday. Information regarding other potential Limestone closings at other sites will be announced as soon as there is more information.
  • MUSC - MUSC classes are canceled and the University is closed until further notice. MUSC Health hospitals remain under normal operations at this time. MUSC Health clinics and ambulatory ORs will make a determination about clinic operations and hours with Governor’s evacuation orders in mind Monday morning. Public announcements will be made Monday morning about clinic and pharmacy hours for the days ahead.
  • Stepping Stones Academy - Will close Tuesday and until further notice.
  • Top of The Line Barber College has canceled class on Tuesday until further notice.
  • Trident Academy of Mount Pleasant - Will be closed Tuesday and until further notice.
  • Williamsburg Technical College - All classes and activities canceled beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The college will remained closed through Friday. They anticipate resuming normal business hours on Monday.

Business closures

  • Aging Gracefully Senior Care Services - Will be closed Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Berkeley Industries plans to resume at a normal schedule on Sept. 9
  • Boeing South Carolina has suspended operations. “We will fly a few of our 787s to other locations until it is safe for our South Carolina teammates to return to work,” Boeing officials said.
  • Boone Hall closed on Friday. “We plan to be back open to the public from 9am-5pm on Saturday Sept. 7th with regular operations moving forward,” officials said.
  • Carnival Ecstacy - Please sign up for text alerts by texting CCL12 to CRUISE (278473). There is a possibility Carnival Ecstasy will not be able to return to Jacksonville on Thursday. If the port is closed, the ship will be in position to dock as soon as the authorities have reopened the port.
  • Carnival Elation (from Port Canaveral) - Will now operate as a 2-day sailing departing Thursday and returning Saturday. Port of call: To be determined. Guests who sail will receive a pro-rated refund of their cruise fare and any pre-purchased beverage and Wi-Fi packages. Guests who wish to cancel will receive a 100% future cruise credit.
  • Carnival Horizon (from Miami) - PortMiami is closed and expected to reopen no earlier than Wednesday. We now plan to operate a 3-day cruise, departing on Wednesday and returning Saturday 9/07. We will visit Nassau on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests who sail will receive a 50% prorated refund of their cruise fare and any pre-purchased beverage and Wi-Fi packages, and a full refund of any pre-purchased shore excursions. Additionally, you will receive a 50% future cruise credit. Given the shortened duration, you may cancel and receive a 100% future cruise credit. Please contact 1-800-CARNIVAL for information.
  • Carnival Liberty (from Port Canaveral) – This cruise is cancelled. Guests will receive a full refund of their cruise fare and any pre-purchased items.
  • Carnival Sunshine - The Carnival Sunshine will depart Charleston Tuesday at 6 p.m. Its call to Half Moon Cay has been canceled. If you are unable to use I26, please consider taking Hwy 61 or Hwy 17. They strongly advise guests to use Waze traffic app to stay current on road conditions in real time. The Fleet Operations Center in Miami is actively monitoring Hurricane Dorian’s potential impact on the departures listed below. Given that storms can be so uncertain, this information reflects our plan for these sailings based on the current forecast.
  • Carnival Victory (from Miami) - Will now operate as a 2-day sailing departing Wednesday and returning Friday. Port of call: Key West on Thursday. Guests who sail will receive a pro-rated refund of their cruise fare and any pre-purchased beverage and Wi-Fi packages. Guests who wish to cancel will receive a 100% future cruise credit.
  • Charleston Allergy & Asthma - Will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Charleston Animal Society - Reopening Saturday 9/7 with normal hours
  • Charleston Carriage Works - Will be closed for tours until further notice beginning Monday. On Monday morning, staff will begin the process of evacuating their animals off the peninsula into safer quarters.
  • Charleston Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry - Will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Charleston County Public Library - All Charleston County Public Library branches will remain closed Friday and Saturday following Hurricane Dorian. The Main Branch, which is the only branch that is open on Sundays, will remain closed on Sunday. The book drops also remain locked. However, any late fees incurred during these closures will be waived.
  • Charleston-Dorchester mental health center- Closed through Sept. 5. "We ask that people experiencing a mental health crisis please dial 911 for help during this time. We will have more information about when our clinics will reopen on our website at www.charlestondorchestermhc.org.
  • Charleston Endoscopy Center - Will be closed until further notice.
  • Charleston GI Specialists - Will be closed until further notice.
  • Charleston VA - The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has cancelled all outpatient clinics and appointments at the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston, and at its outpatient clinics in Goose Creek, Beaufort, Myrtle Beach, and Savannah, Hinesville, Georgia, and the Trident Annex beginning Tuesday and continuing through Saturday. all outpatient procedures scheduled at the VA medical center are canceled Wednesday through Friday. Patients who have procedures on Tuesday will be contacted regarding their scheduled time. The VA Medical Center’s inpatient care units and Emergency Department are open and operational. The VA hospital and clinics in South Carolina and Georgia are scheduled to re-open on Sept. 9. Patients with appointments Sept. 3 - 7 at the Charleston VA Medical Center and its clinics in South Carolina and Georgia will be contacted to reschedule. Should additional patient appointments be canceled moving forward, patients will be notified by the clinics. All VA employees should be in contact with their supervisor, review facility and service line Severe Weather Emergency Preparedness plans and make plans to ensure the safety of their families.
  • Elms Digestive & Elms Endoscopy Center in North Charleston - Closed until further notice.
  • Gibbes Museum of Art - Closed until further notice.
  • MUSC Dental Clinics - Closed until further notice.
  • MUSC Health Clinics - Closed Wednesday. MUSC Health is offering virtual care (online visits) at no charge to all South Carolina residents, as we prepare for Hurricane Dorian, as well as during and after the storm. Using the promo code MUSCDORIAN will waive the regular $25 fee for the visit.
  • North Charleston Housing Authority - Closed Tuesday until further notice
  • Northwoods Mall - Closed Monday until further notice.
  • Old South Carriage Company - Will be closed for tours until further notice beginning Monday. On Monday morning, staff will begin the process of evacuating their animals off the peninsula into safer quarters.
  • Palmetto Carriage Works - Will be closed for tours until further notice beginning Monday. On Monday morning, staff will begin the process of evacuating their animals off the peninsula into safer quarters.
  • Patriots Point - Closed Tuesday until further notice
  • Private Therapy Services - Both West Ashley and Mt. Pleasant locations for the entire week
  • Roper St. Francis Healthcare - All Roper St. Francis Healthcare facilities – including our three hospitals, Express Cares, freestanding ERs, Physician Partners offices, labs and imaging centers – will begin seeing patients on Friday morning.
  • Santee Cooper - The Santee Cooper Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed.
  • Summerville Endoscopy Center - Will be closed until further notice.
  • Trident Literacy Association - all sites closed until further notice.

Check back for updates to this list.

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