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WS/FC Schools Closed Thursday and Friday

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 – All Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday.

“We’ve been monitoring Hurricane Florence for several days,” said Superintendent Beverly Emory.

“Forecasting these storms is difficult and knowing exactly what it will bring, especially as it makes landfall, is tricky. With lots of uncertainty surrounding tomorrow, we want to err on the side of extreme caution. We are a large district and changing plans quickly is difficult.”

“We feel it is in the best interest of students and staff to make sure everyone is out of harm’s way as this storm approaches.”

Brent Campbell, the school system’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, said, “The safety of students and staff is uppermost in our minds. In considering whether to close Thursday and Friday, we had to look at worst-case scenarios.”

All school campuses will be closed through Sunday, and no school or community activities will be held.

It is possible that school buildings will be used as shelters or community safe space during that time.

The factors considered include:

How soon wind could become a danger

The possible impact of wind on buses

The safety of students waiting at bus stops or getting off the bus and walking home

The safety of parents dropping off or picking up students

The safety of staff going to or from work

Possible power outages

The possibility of schools being needed as shelters or community safe spaces

Road conditions

With a major storm targeting our coastline and eventually our area, WS/FCS Operations will join Forsyth County Emergency Management officials in monitoring the storm and its potential impact on the community through the weekend.  

As with any inclement weather situation, we encourage parents and staff to watch local media, answer and listen to all phone calls and messages sent by the district, and keep checking our website for any additional information.

We realize, at times, the district decision may not fit with your individual needs and personal circumstances so we encourage and support our parents in making decisions that are best for you and your children. You are always the best judge of their safety and yours.

When Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools are closed for the day, all events scheduled in school buildings for those days are also canceled. That includes athletic events, after-school programs, and other programs, church groups, or meetings that may be scheduled within our facilities.

For additional information, go to ReadyNC, the North Carolina's Emergency Management website. It has tips for making plans, protecting your home, emergency alerts, insurance information and more. ReadyForsyth is Forsyth County's Emergency Preparedness website. It has vital local information as well.