Beaufort County schools have minor Matthew damage, but working to reopen
The Beaufort County School District hopes to reopen schools on Wednesday.
Superintendent Jeff Moss said that call will depend on several things: the schools must have power, and they must no longer be in operation as staging areas or shelters for those trying to return to the county after Hurricane Matthew. The district also needs the use of its full bus fleet, some of which was used to transport recruits from Parris Island.
School has been closed since last Wednesday and will remain closed Monday and Tuesday.
If only some schools are able to reopen on Wednesday, the district will consider doing so. The district may also have a different bus schedule this week as some areas of the county are still inaccessible due to flooding and downed trees.
Several schools were damaged during the storm, with the worst hit being Beaufort High School, H.E. McCracken Middle School, and Hilton Head Island Elementary School.
The middle and high school and others had leaking roofs and some structure damage from fallen tree branches and debris, which still covered the campuses on Sunday afternoon. At Hilton Head Elementary, water was blown in under the doors and still sat in the corridors on Sunday. The classrooms stayed dry, Moss said.
He hoped outside clean-up would be finished by the end of the day Monday.
Cleaning up standing water may take longer, as some schools do not have electricity.