9/13/18 Schools to remain open as storm shifts
Schools to remain open as storm shifts
After-school activities canceled Thursday; Friday uncertain
By Jessica Williams, The Times-News 9/13/18
Reprinted with permission.
Alamance-Burlington Schools officials held off on canceling class Thursday and Friday, and it looks like they made the right choice.
Public Information Officer Jenny Faulkner released a statement just before noon, Wednesday, Sept. 12, saying after-school activities would be canceled Thursday, but school would remain open with Hurricane Florence projected to shift farther south.
“We continue to closely monitor regular weather updates from the National Weather Service. The forecast and expected arrival time in our area continue to change with the arrival time later than earlier forecasts predicted,” Faulkner wrote. “ABSS is announcing that we will cancel all after-school and evening activities for Thursday, Sept. 13. Daycare sites at schools will operate on regular schedule on Thursday afternoon. We will continue to closely monitor weather reports as information about the hurricane forecast is updated to determine if any other schedule changes are needed.”
ABSS is in the minority of area school systems that will have classes as normal on Thursday.
Guilford announced Wednesday, that schools would close two hours early on Thursday, but said Friday was still uncertain.
Meanwhile, Caswell, Rockingham and Wake County Schools, as well as Durham Public Schools, announced they would close early on Thursday and remain closed on Friday.
Chatham and Orange County Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are closed completely Thursday and Friday.
ABSS’ Central Office has received some backlash from parents for not closing, especially following Elon University’s announcement Tuesday, Sept. 11, that it would close beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday continuing through Friday.
But Faulkner says the university had to make the call as early as possible to allow students to travel home — which is hundreds of miles away for many — before the storm hits the area.
For ABSS students holding out hope for a three-day weekend, Faulkner says they will continue to watch the hurricane’s movement, but there’s a good chance we won’t see its effects in Alamance County until the weekend.