Greenville Co. schools to make decision on weather Wed. morning

Photo courtesy Greenville County School District

GREENVILLE (WSPA) – Most of the Upstate is under a winter weather advisory for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and the state’s largest school district is watching conditions to determine status for schools.

The Greenville County School District Director of Communications says leaders will try to make a decision on whether to open or delay schools on Wednesday morning. They say the decision would be made by 6 a.m. at the latest.

“Greenville County Schools anticipates waiting until Wednesday morning to make a decision on school closings or delays because of vastly differing weather predictions on the timing, temperature and amount of precipitation expected from the expected winter storm.  A dusting of snow with no ice underneath would not require closure, while ice or heavy snow would.  If the weather system arrives earlier than predicted, a decision could come late tonight. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and deploy our ICE team early tomorrow morning before bus routes begin at 5 a.m. We encourage parents to make contingency plans tonight for childcare tomorrow in case of a possible closure or delay,” said Beth Brotherton.

The National Weather Serice has issued the advisory – from 10:00 pm Tuesday to noon Wednesday – for Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, Laurens, Pickens and part of Oconee counties.

Brotherton says district leaders are consulting with with the National Weather Service, emergency preparedness officials, the Department of Transportation and law enforcement as they monitor the latest forecasts.

The district says it’s primary concern is for all students and staff along with students who travel across Greenville County to attend magnet schools plus teachers or staff who may not live close to the school where they’re employed.

District warehouses are preparing trucks with ice melt and plows to clear entrances, sidewalks and parking lots at schools. The district ICE team also travels bus routes to determine if there are any icy or dangerous spots.

Photo courtesy Greenville County School District

Parents are encouraged to check GCSD social media and main websites. 7 News will post any school closings or delays on wspa.com and on the 7 News app.

The district is also offering alerts to cell phones by texting “follow @gcsalerts” to 40404.