Power outages add make-up days for some Horry Co. schools

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - While most students in the Horry County School District returned to school Friday, children at Aynor Elementary, Middle, High School and Green Sea-Floyds Elementary, Middle and High stayed home.

District officials say power went out at those schools during this week's winter storm, and it had not yet been restored. By Friday, power was back at 10 a.m. at the Aynor schools but was still off at the Green Sea-Floyds schools.

This means those schools now have seven days to make up while the rest of the district has six.

At their last meeting, the Horry County School Board voted to ask the South Carolina General Assembly to forgive three days. No answer yet on that, but Superintendent Dr. Cindy Elsberry says they expect the decision to be yes.

Monday, February 17 is the first of two snow make-up days the district already had planned. The second make-up day is planned for March 28.

If legislators approve the request for forgiven days, that would leave the majority of schools with just one day to make up. All of this could be a moot point if the house passes a bill to forgive five snow days for the entire state. The senate unanimously approved that bill last week. The house will make a decision sometime next week.

Dr. Cindy Elsberry says snow day decisions are never easy but that they've become easier over the years.

"The difference is the data we can collect immediately," says Elsberry. "We have maps of every house in the county and where those power outage concentrations are in the district, and that's info we never had in the past."

The district is reminding everyone that school is in session Monday February 17. Had it not been for the winter storms, schools would have been closed to observe President's Day.

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