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Halifax, Mecklenburg schools closed Thursday, Friday, due Hurricane Florence

SoVaNow.com / September 11, 2018
Schools in Halifax and Mecklenburg counties will be closed on Thursday and Friday, in anticipation of any dangers Hurricane Florence may bring.

“We hade a call with Federal Emergency Management and the Department of Education about the concern that Hurricane Florence has historic potential to be catastrophic and we should be prepared for a long-term event. Considering that, we have no choice,” said Superintendent Mark Linebug of the decision to close schools ahead of time.

Lineburg also explained that there will be preparations and preventative measures going on at each school building to minimize the potential for storm damage.

Athletic events are also affected by the oncoming weather. HCMS Lions football will play Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Comets football will play Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Thursday’s Comet volleyball game and the Comet JV football game have also been cancelled. Both games will be rescheduled.

Currently, Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 and is headed straight for the Carolina coastline. The heavy rains and winds are expected to push inland, causing damage to trees, buildings, roads and serious flooding.

The statement from Mecklenburg County Public Schools.

Hurricane Florence is reported to be the most significant storm to hit Virginia ever. This storm is still tracking over the Atlantic Ocean. However, the power and intensity of the storm is already having dramatic impact. Gov. Northam has already declared a State of Emergency for the Commonwealth.

The Board of Supervisors declared a State of Emergency for Mecklenburg County at their September meeting. Mecklenburg County Public Schools must also be proactive in preparing for the safety of our students, and the maintenance of our buildings, transportation system, and equipment.

Therefore, Mecklenburg County Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14. School is expected to be open on Wednesday, Sept. 12 but all after-school activities at the elementary and middle schools will be cancelled so that our maintenance, technology, and food service workers may prepare for the impending storm.

At this time we are planning to maintain our schedule for Parent Night activities at Bluestone High School and Park View High School, as well as after-school athletic activities on Wednesday.

However, this may change depending on the speed at which the storm moves into this area. Please watch the MCPS website and social media for any update to this plan.

The long-term impact of the storm remains to be seen. We are told to expect significant power outages and storm damage throughout the state. Mecklenburg County is known as lake-country and we have many low-lying bridges that may be underwater. This would significantly impact bus routes. We will not reopen schools to staff or students until we are confident that the bus routes, school buildings and grounds are safe. We will notify all media outlets of our future status.

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