Schools cancel Friday classes

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By Mark Manicone

Lancaster County School District and USC Lancaster canceled classes Friday in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.

Bryan Vaughn, the school district’s safety director, said the closures include administrative offices and afterschool programs.

He said the district, unlike many nearby school systems, did not close Thursday because strong winds were not expected to reach the county until this afternoon.

“Right now, our area isn’t expected to get any major effects of Hurricane Florence until Friday,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said. “Of course, we’ll continue to monitor the storm forecasts and adjust as necessary.”

Florence’s movement is expected to slow once it makes landfall and turns to the southwest, with the center of the storm slowly cutting across the middle of South Carolina through the weekend. Vaughn said that school officials will decide whether to cancel Monday’s classes by 8 p.m. Sunday.

District crews will go out Sunday, if the weather permits, and try to get to all the schools in the county, to see if they are accessible.

Vaughn said officials need the community’s help in posting damage and roadway blockages over the weekend, since they cannot canvass all the roads in the county. Send photos to the LCSD Safety and Transportation Facebook page.

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