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School delays continue into Friday

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Students load buses in Summerville after a half day. Students load buses in Summerville after a half day.
Cars line up at gas stations across the Lowcountry ahead of the winter storm. Cars line up at gas stations across the Lowcountry ahead of the winter storm.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for most of the Lowcountry starting Tuesday afternoon and set off a chain reaction of delays and closings that have lasted into Friday.

All bridges leading to Mount Pleasant have been reopened, but there are still some ice patches that drivers need to beware of.

Officials said the Don Holt Bridge reopened around 3 p.m. Wednesday after being closed since Monday night. The bridge carries Interstate 526 over the Cooper River.

Authorities warned the bridge could be closed again at any time if ice patches return.

The eight-lane Ravenel Bridge that carries traffic from Charleston to Mount Pleasant opened around 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

The two bridges are Mount Pleasant's main links to the rest of the Charleston area.

City of Charleston officials warned of black ice conditions reported to them from staff and residents.

When will students make up the missed school days? 

As school districts announce their plans for Friday, many people are starting to ask when the school days will be made up. 

In Charleston County, Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley said this is only the second time in ten years that the district has had a weather emergency due to ice and snow. Right now, she said the district did not know when the make-up days will be held, but there are several options. 

In fact, one year the state waived the school day requirement and the missed days were not made up. 

However, McGinley said the district has built-in workdays and teacher development days that can be used.

In Dorchester County, officials said Dorchester District 2 has three make-up days built into the calendar that are added to the end of the year. District spokeswoman Pat Raynor said discussions would likely be held once life gets back to normal on how the district will address the missed days.

Power:

As of Friday morning, there are no power outages in the area.

To report a power outage to SCE&G, call 1-888-333-4465. To report outages to Berkeley Electric Co-operative, call 1-888-253-4232. And to report outages on the Santee Cooper system, call 1-888-769-7688.

Warming Centers:

The Charleston County Detention Center work camp will also open Tuesday evening and stay open until Friday morning for those who need a warm place to stay.

The Hibben United Methodist Church "Emergency Cold Weather Shelter" located at 690 Coleman Boulevard started up Tuesday and is available again Thursday night from 6:30 until 7 a.m. Friday.

 Click here for information on more warming centers throughout the Lowcountry.

Postponed/Delayed:

Center for Women's Brown Bag Lunch is rescheduled for Feb. 4 and their Entrepreneurial Readiness workshop will be held on Friday Jan. 31.

Charleston County Parks: The Charleston Trident Fishing Tournament Awards Banquet scheduled for Jan 28 will be postponed until Feb 4.

City of Charleston: The Charleston State of the City address has been postponed until Thursday, officials said Monday.

SCDOT: has postponed Tuesday's public hearing in Berkeley County.

Trident United Way's WLC Wine & Art Reception has been canceled. It will be postponed to a later date TBA.

***NOTE: All out of date closures/delays  have been deleted. If your organization/school is not below, they did not update us regarding their plans for Friday.

Canceled/Closed K-12:

Addlestone Hebrew Academy will open two hours late Friday.

Berkeley County School District schools, programs and offices will resume normal operating hours Friday after being closed Thursday. All after-school activities and events for Thursday are canceled.  This includes ball games, club meetings, practices, and day care.

The Berkeley County school board meeting has been canceled; a new meeting has been scheduled for Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Bishop England is delayed two hours Friday.

Charleston County Schools school and offices will operate on a two hour delay Friday. Buses will also run two hours late and all half day morning programs are canceled. CCSD staff including teachers and administrators will come in one hour late.

All after-school activities including adult education, community education, sporting events and Kaleidoscope are also canceled Thursday.

Charleston Christian School in West Ashley is delayed two hours Friday.

Dorchester County School District Two: will run on a normal operating schedule Friday.

Dorchester County School District Four: Schools are back to normal Friday.

Dorchester Academy  No students will attend Friday as it is a teacher workday. Students will return on Monday, February 3rd. The JV and Varsity games scheduled for Tuesday at Thomas Sumter, and the B-Team games scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday against Colleton Prep and Thomas Heyward have been postponed. New dates are TBA.

Faith Christian School in Summerville will follow DD2 policy for any other closings.

First Baptist School in downtown Charleston is on a two hour delay Friday.

Georgetown County School District: Due to water pressure problems in the City of Andrews, school is canceled Friday at Andrews Elementary, Rosemary Middle and Andrews High schools.

Buses will be running on a two-hour delay, picking up children who are already at the bus stop and have no one at home to watch over them.

The children who are at already at school or who are picked up on the buses, will be taken care of at the schools. Afternoon buses will leave the schools beginning at noon.

Employees report at 9:30 a.m.

James Island Christian School Students start at 10 a.m. Friday; staff members need to report at 9 a.m.

Loving and Learning Education Center will operate on a regular schedule.

Lowcountry Leadership  Charter School will reopen on a normal schedule Friday.

Mason Prep will open two hours late Friday (10 a.m.)

Oaks Christian School in Summerville will follow DD2 for all other closing decisions.

Orangeburg Consolidated School District 3 is on their regular schedule Friday.

Palmetto Christian Academy will operate on a two-hour delay Friday. 

Pinewood Prep will operate on a normal schedule Friday.

Porter Gaud will follow a normal schedule on Friday.

St. James Day School on James Island will be opening at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Trident Academy will open Friday at 10 a.m.

Williamsburg County School District Schools and offices is implementing a two hour delay for students only, January 31. All Personnel are to report on time.

Canceled/Closed Colleges and Universities:

Charleston Southern University: resumed classes at 8 a.m. Friday. The university's residence halls and dining services remain operational.

The Citadel:  Operations on The Citadel campus return to a normal schedule Friday.

The Medical University of South Carolina's  is no longer under the hazardous weather plan, and all MUSC classes, clinics and hospital activities have returned to normal operating procedures.

Inpatient and emergency services are operational and ongoing at this time and hospital-based staff are on duty.

Trident Technical College will operate on a normal schedule Friday.

The Virginia College Charleston will re-open on Friday at regularly scheduled times.

 

Canceled/Closed Daycares/Pre-K:

Carolina Bay Child Development Center will be open Friday at 7 a.m.

Faith Christian School in Summerville will follow DD2 policy for any other closings.


Canceled/Closed Government Offices:

Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission: Because of icy conditions, some portions of Charleston County Parks are currently inaccessible. The Mount Pleasant Pier and the Folly Beach Fishing Pier are both inaccessible for walking or fishing. Gift shops and cafes at both of these locations are open. The Wannamaker North Trail is closed, and the south docks of the Cooper River Marina are inaccessible.

All other CCPRC parks and facilities are open Thursday, but portions of trails and other areas of the parks may be closed.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics South Carolina Kick-off event has been canceled. New date is TBA.

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center All Charleston VAMC non-essential employees should report for work at 12 p.m. on Thursday. Outpatient Clinics, CBOCs and Trident Annex will re-open to patients Friday.

The courts in Dorchester, Hampton, Horry, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg counties closed Tuesday by order of the state's Chief Justice. Courts in Beaufort, Colleton, Charleston, and Georgetown counties will adhere to what local offices decide.

The state House of Representatives: has canceled its session for the week.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District office will officially be closed beginning Tuesday, Jan. 28 until further notice.

 

Canceled/Closed Businesses, Charities, Churches:

The South Carolina Stingrays canceled their Tuesday night game. It will be made up Feb. 25.

 

 

We will update this page as more warnings and advisories become available.

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