Beaufort County Schools will remain closed through Friday after evacuation was lifted

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Although South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster lifted the mandatory evacuation for Hurricane Florence in Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties Tuesday, Beaufort County School District will remain closed for the remainder of the week.

At least 80 percent of district teachers and staff and 90 percent of bus drivers would need to be available for schools to reopen.

Yet, a survey of school principals and bus drivers Tuesday afternoon indicated too many left the county as soon as the evacuation order was announced Monday afternoon, according to district spokesperson Jim Foster.

“... Windy conditions and flooding are still possible later this week that could make school bus operations hazardous,” Foster wrote in an email. “Because the safety of our 22,000 students and staff is the district’s No. 1 priority, all district schools will remain closed this week.”

All district athletic and extracurricular events will remain canceled and will be rescheduled.

A decision on reopening schools will be made this weekend and relayed to parents and employees.

McMaster rescinded the evacuation order Tuesday for Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties — less than 24 hours after he placed an evacuation order on the state’s entire coastline.

Information on makeup days will be conveyed to parents and employees next week, according to Foster.