The Aiken County School District has canceled all Wednesday K-12 classes, as well as adult education classes and extracurricular activities.
District administrators released that information on Tuesday afternoon about 4:30 p.m., citing projected icy weather and hazardous road conditions.
Unusually cold temperatures earlier this month led to school bus battery problems and other issues. Bad weather could create more problems on Thursday, especially if ice remains on Aiken County roads.
“The temperature on Wednesday night will dip down low and could impact the buses,” said Deputy Superintendent David Caver. “We could do something like a late start Thursday, but it will depend on how much snow comes down and what the temperatures are.”
On Monday, District personnel met twice with emergency preparedness representatives and discussed the weather situation in a conference call with officials from the Emergency Operations Center in Columbia.
While some school districts in this part of the state and in the Augusta area made earlier decisions about closing their schools, Aiken School District administrators wanted to “protect the integrity of the school day,” Caver said regarding the District's decisions made on Monday. “We felt then we could able to get into school safely (Tuesday) without any problems on the roads.”
That did occur, but after a meeting on Tuesday morning, Caver and other administrators thought it would be prudent to order a two-hour release. On Tuesday, they resumed their discussion on Tuesday until deciding to cancel Wednesday classes that afternoon.
Any updated information will be posted as it becomes available through the District's website at acps.schoolfusion.us, other social media and the Aiken Standard website at www.aikenstandard.com.
Senior writer Rob Novit is the Aiken Standard's education reporter and has been with the newspaper since September 2001. He is a native of Walterboro and majored in journalism at the University of Georgia.