Update: Greenville County Schools open Wednesday

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Update: Greenville County Schools will be open Wednesday, Sept. 13.

School district spokeswoman Beth Brotherton said GCS officials are closely monitoring schools that are without power and are planning bus routes around road closures.

The decision to operate on a regular schedule was made after consultation with law enforcement, Duke Energy, S.C. Department of Transportation, and other emergency response officials.

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Nine Greenville County schools and the central 0ffice are still without power and district officials plan to meet this afternoon to discuss whether or not to call off classes for Wednesday. Seven other schools lost power during the storm but service has since been restored.

“We will give parents as much notice as possible,” said School District Spokeswoman Beth Brotherton in an email sent late Tuesday morning.

The district’s Inclement Conditions Evaluation team was out this morning between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. doing damage assessments and found no significant damage to schools.

There were some damage to non-essential items such as shade shelters on playgrounds.

At some schools, there are trees down and debris in parking lots and car line areas.

Each school has maintenance teams clearing the areas that are on school district property.

“The greater challenge still posed this morning is power outages and downed trees on city/county roadways,” Brotherton said.

The district plans to use two of the three make-up days that are built into the school calendar, but Brotherton said because the governor declared a state of emergency, there is some chance those days will be forgiven.

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