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No school Thursday, Friday / September 12, 2018

School in Mecklenburg County will be closed on Thursday and Friday in anticipation of any dangers Hurricane Florence may bring.

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 on Tuesday:

“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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Mecklenburg and Halifax are looking a little crazy for calling off school on Tuesday. The track of the storm has changed so this will be used as their average to keep opening school before labor day. Both systems should be ashamed! If the storm had stayed on track they thought, they should have waited until Wed. afternoon to announce closing.

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