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PSRC is closed on Thursday, October 11th for Students and Staff

This morning, Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency for the state ahead of Hurricane Michael’s arrival. Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida as a category 4 hurricane this afternoon. It is predicted to move in a northeast direction. North Carolina Emergency Management and the National Weather Service both report that southeastern North Carolina is east of the track and inland areas are expected to receive 4-5 inches of rain with 45-50 mph wind gusts. Currently, the tornado threat has increased for Robeson County. Hurricane Michael is expected to exit off the Carolina coast Thursday night.

Despite ongoing recovery efforts from Florence, we must remember our priority is the safety of our staff and students. After careful consideration, we have decided the Public Schools of Robeson County (PSRC) will be closed on Thursday, October 11, 2018 for students and staff. On Friday, October 12, 2018 schools will remain closed for students and there will be a two-hour delay for central office employees. School administrators and custodians will open schools two hours later on Friday to inspect campuses and resume preparing schools for students. Principals will notify teachers and school staff if they are permitted to come on campus on Friday to assist with the reopening of schools. If there are questions about work schedules for Thursday and Friday, immediate supervisors are always the first point of contact. All sports and extracurricular activities (including Driver’s Education) for Thursday, October 11th have been cancelled. The district’s athletic director will publish athletic competitions scheduled for Friday, October 12, 2018 on the PSRC website. The Public Schools of Robeson County will continue working closely with Robeson County Emergency Management as they monitor and track Hurricane Michael’s progression. We will make informed decisions as quickly as possible and hope to provide updates about next week’s schedule no later than 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 14, 2018. This information will be communicated using district email, social media, district website, phone messages and local news media.

In the meantime, we encourage all of our students to work diligently on the many resources that have been made available to them. The district’s Curriculum Department and schools have shared many Internet resources and have also provided curriculum packets. We applaud the efforts of everyone in Robeson County as we continue to recover from Hurricane Florence and its aftermath. Doors to our schools have been closed, but many teachers, school staff, organizations, churches, businesses and community partners have been able to serve our children. Despite unexpected challenges and obstacles, we will return students and staff to school soon.

Closing schools is never an easy decision. Weather is unpredictable and restoring schools has been challenging. Please be patient and understand that these decisions are difficult to make, taken very seriously and involve many levels of people to help determine if conditions are safe for schools to be open. The decision-making process involves district leaders working with local government, law enforcement agencies, and weather specialists to make such determinations.