All Spartanburg County School districts 1-7 will have another eLearning day Thursday, Jan. 20 to account for icy conditions on roadways after the historic winter storm in the Upstate.
Districts said this decision was made due to hazardous driving conditions that remain throughout most of the area despite the warmer temperatures today. Many primary and secondary roads are still covered with ice, and low temperatures tonight will not improve travel conditions for buses, student drivers or families.
According to the District 6 Facebook page, "We attempted to run several bus routes this afternoon and many roads are still impassable."
School district activities are cancelled for Thursday, and district offices and school facilities will also be closed. According to the National Weather Service, the major concern continues to be overnight freezing temperatures causing widespread black ice, making many secondary roads impassable.
Spartanburg school districts 1-7 are all approved eLearning districts, therefore Tuesday-Thursday school closures will not result in students and faculty having to make up those days at the end of the year as instruction will be provided by teachers to their students.
Teachers and schools will be in touch with students regarding assignments.
Colleges, University announcements
►Due to the persistence of hazardous conditions on the roads and forecasts indicating the possibility for more snow on Friday, Jan. 21, USC Upstate will continue to hold all classes remotely through the end of the week. University offices will continue to operate on a normal schedule Thursday, Jan. 20.
►Converse University, Wofford College, and Spartanburg Community College have returned to normal campus operations.
The National Weather Service is monitoring yet another potential snowfall in the coming days.
This is a developing story. Check back for more information.
Ashley Dill is a native of Spartanburg and has been on staff for the Herald-Journal for 14 years. She covers community news and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @ashleydill_shj.
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