Darlington County, SC - DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Damage across Darlington County has forced area schools to put students on a two-hour delay and move some students to secondary facilities.
Darlington County Schools spokeswoman Audrey Childers said the storms and damage forced the closure of several schools, and put others on a two-hour delay Monday. A number of schools in the county will also operate Tuesday on a two-hour delay.
Cain Elementary and Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology sustained damage from the storms.
Childers said Mayo received damage to the roof of the gym, and power has not yet been fully restored at the school but should be up by the end of Monday. Classes will resume as normal at Mayo Tuesday.
Cain Elementary School received significant damage to the roof of a classroom building. Beginning Tuesday, classes will be moved to First Baptist Church, 216 S. Main St. in Darlington (corner of Broad Street and South Main). The church has allowed the district the use of their classrooms, which will be enough to meet the needs of Cain Elementary School students. Classes will be held at the church until further notice.
Buses will pick up students as usual and deliver the Cain students to the church for classes. Cain car riders should come in through Broad Street and drop off at the canopy.
Childers said damage has been estimated at $500,000 for Cain Elementary. Estimates for Mayo have not yet been completed.
District officials say all students will be back in class Tuesday, but students at the following schools will operate on a two-hour delay:
- Brockington Elementary School
- Brunson-Dargan Elementary School
- Cain Elementary School
- Darlington County Intervention School
- Darlington High School
- Darlington Middle School
- Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology
- Pate Elementary School
- St. John's Elementary School
- The Darlington Adult Education offices
There is no delay for schools in Hartsville, Society Hill, and Lamar. Schools will operate as usual in these areas. All 4K morning sessions in Darlington, however, have been canceled Tuesday. All other programs will operate on a normal schedule.
All school and district employees in Darlington County should report at the regular time.
Parents should be able to reach all schools tomorrow by calling the normal school numbers.
Darlington County School District Office of Food Service is arranging for students at the affected schools to receive breakfast and lunch as normal.