Due to the number of Kershaw County roadways that are still icy, the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) has decided to keep students out of school Thursday. Staff will report at 10 a.m., however. KCSD Communications Director Mary Anne Byrd released the following statement to the press just before 4 p.m. today:
Due to concerns for running almost 100 bus routes with a significant number of roadways in Kershaw County still icy, no students will report for Kershaw County School District schools on Thursday, Jan. 13. All KCSD employees should report to their schools and offices at 10 a.m.
KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan gives a great deal of credit to district maintenance staff as well as Kershaw County and SC Department of Transportation employees for their assistance with clearing out KCSD parking lots and walkways. “There are still a number of roads across our county -- including Elgin, Lugoff, Charlotte Thompson, Boykin and Antioch to name a few -- whose conditions would be hazardous for our buses tomorrow,” he said. “That’s the reason we don’t feel comfortable bringing students back yet.”
Morgan said tomorrow will replace the Records Day on Jan. 11 that staff missed so that teachers can work in their classrooms and finish the second nine weeks’ grades. The district is delaying the opening of the PowerSchool parent portal until all of these grades can be finalized.
The Kershaw County School Board meeting originally scheduled for Jan. 11 will be held tomorrow, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. in the district office boardroom.
School district administrators will continue to monitor weather conditions and will use the school district’s automated telephone system, the school district website, KCSD Facebook page, and local media to keep the public informed.