School District 55 was first to make the call at about noon. Laurens Academy and District 56 followed over the next few hours.
The National Weather Service has placed Laurens County in a Tropical Storm Warning zone, which means we may expect winds in a range from 39 – 73 mph. Any winds in excess of 30 mph make it hazardous for buses to be on our roads. The winds combined with the possibility of flash flooding would make it too dangerous to transport children to and from school on Thursday.
With the height of the storm expected to hit this area between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, LCSD 55 superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters said, “We do not like to miss a day of instruction but student and staff safety is our first priority. Hurricane Michael represents a serious threat to our area and, while its magnitude may still be uncertain, our need to prepare for the potential consequences is paramount.”
The closure of the schools will also affect any sporting events scheduled for Thursday.