Beaufort County Schools Closed Through Labor Day

Schools in Beaufort County will be closed through Labor Day as officials still access damage from Hurricane Irene.

The school system says a tentative plan is for students to return to class on September 6th, but even that could be delayed.

Significant damage was sustained to the Beaufort County Ed Tech Center, Bath Elementary School gymnasium and the Chocowinity Middle School gymnasium.

The school system says other schools saw more minor damage from winds and rain.


From Beaufort County Schools:

Staff and area officials are currently accessing damages to Beaufort County School campuses and facilities left in the wake of Hurricane Irene. School will be closed again on Wednesday, August 31. The school system will make daily announcements via the Alert Now call system and local media to update the public on damages and the eventual re-opening of regular operations.

Alert Now calls will be sent to all student contact numbers given the fact many people have only cellular service at this time. For those with power, the Beaufort County Schools website will be another hub of information.

Significant damage was sustained to the Beaufort County Ed Tech Center, Bath Elementary School gymnasium and the Chocowinity Middle School gymnasium. Other campuses saw more minor damage from winds and rain. Crews from the BCS Maintenance Department began clean up operations Sunday.

The public is asked to only venture on to campuses if you are there as a part of a clean-up operation guided by school officials. If so, please only go into areas deemed safe by school leaders.

Any decisions regarding the re-opening of classes will be made taking into account the state of the county as a whole, including power and water availability. Please keep in mind Beaufort County has a large geographic area which varies greatly from end to end. Conditions in your area may seem safe, however; may not have improved in other areas.


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  • by Simpson Location: NC on Aug 31, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    I would like to give a big THANK YOU to the BCS employees who have been working since Sunday afternoon to assist with the clean up efforts at the schools. Thank you for your dedication to our school system and working to ensure a safe learning environment!
  • by melissa Location: Washington NC on Aug 31, 2011 at 01:36 PM
    Is Washington Montissori open Thursday?
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      by A Parent on Aug 31, 2011 at 02:00 PM in reply to melissa
      Washington Montessori will open on a 2 hour delay tomorrow.
  • by Lost Location: Beaufort on Aug 31, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    I live in Washington and attend Beaufort Community College. How is it that I still have no utilites and my kids are out of school but the college is planning on running on normal schedule. Where do my kids go?
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      by Howdy on Sep 1, 2011 at 06:31 AM in reply to Lost
      This is where you call in family, ask around about babysitters, etc. The world does not stop because you don't know what to do with your offspring. You knew when you started college that you had more responsibilities than the average student, you also knew that there were going to be days like this. Where is your back up plan?
  • by Meg on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM
    Pamlico county schools are also closed until after labor day!
  • by tp Location: washington on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    are they going to combine washington high and southside?
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      by Scott on Aug 31, 2011 at 12:24 PM in reply to tp
      That's not going to happen. You can't just put an entire high school into another one. There is not enough room at WHS for it.
  • by krystina on Aug 31, 2011 at 08:54 AM
    Does this include bccc?
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      by Scott on Aug 31, 2011 at 09:52 AM in reply to krystina
      BCCC is not part of the Beaufort County Public School System
  • by Umm Location: Greenville on Aug 31, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    Do they know that the correct word is assessing...not accessing??
  • by Charles Location: Chocowinity on Aug 31, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    School should be restarted as soon as is safely possible. Children function best when expected routines are followed MOST of the time. Even if the schools cannot offer the normal class schedule, they can offer a routine. Class time can be augmented with extra time outside, or extra time in the library. Hurricanes are a normal part of living in Beaufort County. Residents and the school system should be prepared as such. As long as: the bus routes are safe to travel, the school facilities are safe to use, and adequate staff can be on hand; I say ring the bell and let's get on with it. Everything dosen't have to be spit-shined for life to go on.
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      by k on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:40 AM in reply to Charles
      you obviously have not traveled the roads in the south part of beaufort county where the buses have to go and pick kids up. it is not safe to travel with all the trees in the roadway. school is important but safety first.
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        by Adrienne on Aug 31, 2011 at 04:16 PM in reply to k
        You got that right--I have had to pass too many large trucks and machinery in my side of the road--a bus would have been over halfway into the wrong side of the road doing the same...
  • by not a fan of bad decisions Location: greenville on Aug 31, 2011 at 04:34 AM
    That is fine for people who didn't have extensive damages and who aren't trying to meet with tree guys, contractors, electricians, inspectors, ... But for those of us in that situation, getting back to work isn't at the top of the list. I agree with the person who said just restart sept 6. Where is the harm?
  • by hurricaine alley Location: enc on Aug 30, 2011 at 09:33 PM
    Time to get back to normal. Hurricanes are routine here- get use to it.
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      by Smart lady on Aug 31, 2011 at 07:58 AM in reply to hurricaine alley
      Things will get back to normal when things are normal. We are far from being back to where we were last Thursday before the storm. Get used to THAT!
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      by to hurricane alley on Aug 31, 2011 at 08:50 AM in reply to hurricaine alley
      Some of the residents of Beaufort County still don't have electricity, water, etc. There was a massive amount of damage to our area. What a selfish thing to say - get used to it. People are struggling to find something that looks like normal.
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