Public schools, colleges to reopen Friday
All Aiken County Public Schools, departments and offices will be open Friday and will operate on a regular schedule.
All after-school activities and athletic competitions also will be held as planned including high school football.
After Tropical Storm Michael moved through Aiken County with rain and gusty winds early Thursday morning, the school district’s maintenance staff, transportation team and school principals checked roadways, power and campuses to ensure schools were safe to reopen Friday, according to a news release from the district.
No extensive issues were found that would prevent students, teachers and staff from safely returning to school Friday morning, according to the release.
Thursday was the third day this school year the Aiken County Public School District closed schools because of a hurricane or tropical storm.
The district canceled school two days on Sept. 11 and Sept. 14 when Hurricane Florence threatened the area.
Students will makeup those days Oct. 19 and Feb. 18, 2019. Oct. 19 was built into the school calendar specifically as a weather day. Feb. 18 is President’s Day.
The Aiken County School Board approved the makeup days Sept. 25 at its regular meeting.
By state law, school districts are required to designate three days in their calendars as makeup days for extreme weather and other conditions. The district’s third weather day is March 22, 2019.
At USC Aiken, all classes and activities are expected to resume and be conducted as planned Friday, including the Children’s Center, according to a news release from the university.
Classes will resume and offices will reopen at Aiken Technical College on Friday, too.