Update on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 5:36 p.m.: All Greenville County Schools students will move to eLearning on Friday due to the debris still on the roads and the current power outages, the school district announced. While most students normally participate in eLearning on Fridays, some student groups have begun attending in-person school five-days-a-week. Students affected by the power outages and are unable to participate in class on Friday will have five days to make up the missed assignments.
Greenville County Schools announced it will not have in-person instruction on Thursday, Oct. 29 for those students who are attending brick-and-mortar school due to potentially dangerous weather caused by Hurricane Zeta. Instead, the district will operate on its Attendance Plan Zero with students who normally have in-person instruction switching to eLearning for the day.
The district’s director of media relations, Tim Waller, said in a statement the decision is due to the forecasted high winds that could make car and bus travel dangerous.
“The forecast is calling for a chance of sustained tropical storm force winds and gusts around 40 MPH. This will not only make the commute unsafe for buses, but with possible downed power lines and trees it will be unsafe for general travel for students, employees, and high school drivers,” Waller said.
Students should take their Chromebooks home today, Waller said, and log on tomorrow for live lessons from their teachers.