Florence 3 students to return to classrooms on Tuesday but with 2-hour weather delay

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LAKE CITY, S.C. (WBTW) — Students in Florence School District 3 will return to the classroom on Tuesday but with a two-hour delay, officials said Monday afternoon.

The district’s board of trustees made the decision during a meeting Monday afternoon, according to Brian Huckabee, the district’s director of communications and technology.

The delay is the result of trees and other debris on secondary roads after high winds on Monday, Huckabee said, adding that employees should report to work at their regular times as long as it is safe to do so.

As classes resume, the district will continue following CDC guidelines that included a mask mandate, social distancing and temperature checks when entering school buildings, Huckabee said. Classrooms and buses also will be disinfected regularly, he said.

Parents of students with chronic asthma and other illnesses can request temporary virtual instruction by contacting the student’s school, Huckabee said.

The decision to have students return on Tuesday comes amid a huge spike in COVID-19 cases linked to the omicron variant. On Friday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 6,319 new, confirmed cases, 2,563 probable cases, 14 confirmed deaths and five probable COVID-19-caused deaths.

In a Dec. 30 Facebook post, the district asked parents not to send their children to school if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive within the last 10 days or had close contact with anyone who has tested positive.

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