Cherokee schools closed for Thursday
January 29, 2014 11:24 AM | 795 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
School Superintendent Frank Petruzielo has authorized the closing of all Cherokee County School District schools and offices on Thursday due to the continued inclement weather.

As Wednesday morning, CCSD is continuing to shelter 150 students at 11 schools throughout the county until they can be reunited with their families, the school district said.

“Keeping these students safe and reuniting them with their families are our top priorities,” a release from the district said.

The release read as follows:

“CCSD staff and Cherokee County emergency management officials continue to be in close, constant communication as they work together to reunite students with their families. Roads are being surveyed this morning to assess if it’s safe for students to be delivered home and/or for parents to drive to the schools. Schools will be communicating this information to parents of affected students as soon as possible.

Students are being kept safe, warm and fed, and staff are doing their best to keep them entertained with movies, games, books and other activities.

The decision to hold school on Tuesday and the subsequent decision to dismiss early both were made with the most recent data available from the National Weather Service. Had the speed and severity of the weather been known, a different decision would have been made, as there is nothing more important to the School District and its employees than the safety of students.

We understand everyone’s frustration with the transportation issues that occurred on Tuesday for CCSD and neighboring school systems, and are thankful for the great patience we have seen shown by parents.

We greatly appreciate our staff especially the bus drivers who safely delivered students home, the teachers and administrators who stayed late for reunions and those who still are sheltering students at schools.

We greatly appreciate our public safety agency partners who have assisted with evacuating buses and schools.

We greatly appreciate the parents and others in the community who volunteered their four-wheel drive vehicles, walked students home, brought supplies to schools and have supported our efforts during this emergency.”

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