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Irma brings rain, wind to downtown Greenville on Sept. 11, 2017. Wochit

District to use inclement weather days in calendar unless governor forgives closures

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Greenville County Schools report no major damage to its more than 100 buildings, but more than a dozen schools and the district's central office lost power during Tropical Storm Irma.

"The good news is we have no significant damage to our schools," said district spokeswoman Beth Brotherton. "There are some non-essential items like shade shelters on playgrounds that are broken or blown over. There are trees down and debris in parking lots and car line areas at some schools. Each school has maintenance teams out clearing the areas that are school district property.

"The greater challenge still posed this morning is power outages and downed trees on city/county roadways," she added.

Brotherton said the district will probably use two days in March to make up for the Monday-Tuesday closure, although the governor may excuse those two days. If make-up days are not used, they become holidays for students.

"At this point we plan to use the two of the three make-up days that are built into our school calendar, but because the governor declared a state of emergency there is some chance those days will simply be forgiven," she said.

Schools and offices without power as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday were:

• Central Office

• Slater Marietta Elementary

• Blue Ridge High

• Blue Ridge Middle

• East North Street Academy

• Greenville Middle

• West Greenville Alternative

• Tanglewood Middle

• Ellen Woodside Elementary

• Riley Child Development Center

Storm-related power outages on Monday have since been restored:

• Gateway Elementary

• Hughes Middle Academy

• Blythe Academy

• Woodmont Middle

• Ralph Chandler Middle

• Plain Elementary

• Golden Strip Child Development Center

Paul Hyde covers education and everything else in fair weather and foul. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @PaulHyde7.

 

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