Greenville County schools and offices will be on a 2-hour delay on Wednesday.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: 4-year-old kindergarten is not cancelled. It is also on a 2 hour delay. We apologize for the error/confusion.
Greenville County Schools plans to operate on a two-hour delay for all students and employees on Wednesday, December 12th. The ICE team will reassess roads in the morning. If conditions worsen GCS could extend the delay or cancel school. That decision would be communicated no later than 7:30am.
In addition to the delay, there will be no morning or afternoon bus routes on icy roads. Bus riders whose routes are cancelled due to icy conditions will receive a phone message this evening.
Greenville County is under a Winter Weather Advisory until tomorrow morning because of the potential for black ice. A delay will allow temperatures to warm up and buses to travel in daylight conditions.
No students or employees will be penalized for missing school or work due to unsafe conditions. Any employees who are unable to safely travel to work should notify their supervisors as soon as possible. All parents have the option to keep their children at home without penalty if safe travel is a concern. Parents should send a written note when students return to school.
The missed days on Monday and Tuesday will be made up on 3/22/19 and 3/25/19.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Greenville County schools and offices will be closed Tuesday
Greenville County Schools will remain closed on Tuesday, December 11 due to dangerous travel conditions and ongoing power outages, downed trees, and fallen power lines across the county and at GCS schools, offices, and bus centers. Though some snow and ice across the district is melting today, many secondary roads remain wet, slushy and/or blocked by downed trees and power lines. The ICE team reported many impassable secondary roads across the county due to downed trees and/or power lines.
The National Weather Service forecasts the temperatures in our area to drop below freezing tonight through mid-morning tomorrow. Thawing will be slow, given the amount of moisture on the roads. Multiple schools have been without power in excess of 24 hours, allowing the interior temperature to drop significantly. Though GCS maintenance crews have been working throughout the day, we continue to have trees down at some school locations, a collapsed awning due to the snow, and significant slush in a number of bus loops, car loops, and parking lots, which will be ice until at least midday on Tuesday.
Many thanks to all the maintenance crews and utility line workers who are working to get us up and running.
The missed days on Monday and Tuesday will be made up on 3/22/19 and 3/25/19.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Greenville County schools and offices will be closed Monday.
All schools and offices in GCS will be closed tomorrow, December 10. Roads throughout the district are icy or slushy and temperatures are not expected to warm enough to melt areas of concern. Greenville County remains under a Winter Storm Warning until noon on Monday.
We have confirmed power outages in 18 schools with no estimated time of restoration. The assessment of our facilities is continuing. Wind chills in the teens and forecast gusts up to 35 mph will likely combine with wet snow, rain, and freezing rain to cause additional downed trees and power outages, and hamper the restoration of power and the cleanup necessary to ensure safe travel. We do not believe a delay would be sufficient in this situation.
Temperatures are forecast to be in the high 20s Monday night, so refreezing is a concern. Our ICE team will check roads and schools throughout the district tomorrow afternoon to assess travel conditions for Tuesday morning. A decision regarding the school district schedule will be made at that time or before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Greenville County schools and offices will be closed Thursday. All activities are cancelled.
A Tropical Storm Warning was issued for Greenville County just before 4am in addition to a Flash Flood Watch and Flood Advisory. Our Inclement Conditions Evaluation team drove Upstate roads this morning and encountered heavy rains, standing water and scattered debris. Team members are also reporting power outages. The potential for strong winds gusting up to 35mph exists throughout the morning. It is our belief that this volatile storm could pose a significant safety risk for staff and students.
While we prefer to make decisions about cancellations the evening prior to school, we delayed until this morning because were not under a Tropical Storm Alert last night. We did not want to put students and staff at risk, but wanted to make the best possible decision with the most accurate and up to date information realizing the hardship to families when schools close.
This day will be made up on April 22, 2019. Stay Safe BVE!
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Greenville County Schools will be closed tomorrow, January 8, 2018, due to a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service predicting icing on roadways and bridges during morning bus routes and student commutes. Because of the extreme cold over the past week, any precipitation that falls will cause dangerous road conditions. The advisory states: “The ice will result in difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Monday. The freezing rain will change over to all rain during the afternoon.” Based on the hourly forecast, freezing precipitation could continue until 11 a.m., which is too late for a delayed start time. With tomorrow’s closing, all three built in GCS “snow days” have been used. At this time, all students should plan on attending school March 19, March 30, and April 27. As with any school closure after school and evening activities are cancelled.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
SCHOOL CLOSED and OPEN HOUSE CANCELLED on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
Due to the ongoing threat of severe weather, widespread power outages, and storm damage, and after consultation with law enforcement and other emergency responders, all Greenville County Schools and offices will remain closed on Tuesday, September 12, and all after-school activities are cancelled. With high winds forecast to continue through 4 a.m., repair crews will be unable to restore power, clear secondary roadways, and ensure working traffic signals across the county before the start of school, even under a two-hour delay. We also know that additional traffic generated by student and employee commutes strains law enforcement and hampers response and repair efforts.
As of 5 p.m. we have eight confirmed GCS sites without power, but security alarms indicate power outages at numerous other facilities. Those will be confirmed by district security, facilities, or maintenance personnel, but we will not be able to thoroughly inspect and restore all locations between the end of the predicted threat and the beginning of morning bus routes. Additionally, we have been advised that gusts approaching 30 miles per hour may be expected even after the conclusion of the wind advisory.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause families and businesses, but the safety and security of students and employees is our first priority.
Monday, September 11, 2017
SCHOOL CLOSED and OPEN HOUSE CANCELLED on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
Due to the threat of severe weather and wind from Hurricane Irma, all Greenville County Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 11, and all school-associated activities are cancelled. Though this storm has taken a significant turn to the west compared to last week’s projected path, its size and intensity is expected to produce significant wind and intense weather in the Greenville area Monday afternoon and possibly into Tuesday. Forecast winds in excess of 30 miles per hour will exceed limits for the safe operation of school buses and other high profile vehicles. Combined with significant rainfall, the wind is expected to cause downed trees and flying debris, which will lead to widespread power outages and dangerous travel conditions. The three-hour window needed to safely deliver bus riders to their homes, in combination with the imprecise science of weather forecasting, prevents us from attending for a half day. District officials will continue to monitor weather conditions and forecasts before making a final decision about Tuesday’s schedule. This missed day may be made up on March 19, as indicated on the District’s calendar, but due to the widespread impact of this storm, it is also possible that the day will be forgiven by the State.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause families, but the safety and security of students and employees is our first priority.