Upstate schools announce early dismissals
Some area schools have announced early dismissal ahead of expected severe weather today.
Langston Charter Middle School will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. today.
The school posted this note on its Facebook page: “On the advice of law enforcement, we will dismiss at 12:15 today. If you need to pick up earlier, please come to the office and sign out. Wave 2 and 3 should start arriving at 12:25.
The School District of Pickens County will also dismiss early, according to its Facebook page.
“Elementary schools will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. High schools will dismiss at 12:00 p.m. Middle Schools will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. All after school activities are cancelled.”
Greenville County Schools reports "Students who remain home today, or are dismissed early, due to the threat of severe weather will receive an excused absence upon receipt of a note from a parent or guardian stating weather as the reason for the absence. They will be expected to make up any missed work."
Some parents on Facebook are questioning Greenville County Schools decision not to dismiss early. The district encourages parents to monitor the weather and trust students will be safe, writing, "School facilities are constructed to strict standards and all have designated tornado sheltering areas. School facilities in most circumstances provide more safety than homes or other residential structures.
If severe weather strikes during dismissal, students will shelter inside until the threat subsides. Anyone on campus at the time will be allowed into the building until and unless conditions deteriorate to the point the front door cannot safely be manned.
If severe weather strikes while students are on buses, the buses will proceed to an appropriate shelter and evacuate students as quickly as possible, just as parents would do if transporting children in their car."