CLOSURES: Schools, sports and events affected by forecast

Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 8:23 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2022 at 11:35 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - School districts and organizations across the region are preparing for Hurricane Ian by rescheduling football games, and other events as well as altering plans for school days.

Hurricane Ian carved a path of destruction across Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, cutting off the only bridge to a barrier island, destroying a historic waterfront pier and knocking out power to 2.5 million people as it dumped rain over a huge area on Thursday.

The Richmond County School System will close school and offices on Friday in response to a forecast that raises concerns about the ability to safely operate school buses.

The Columbia County School District plans to go on with classes as normal on Friday, but cautiously. All students will be moved inside the main buildings from portable classrooms, and all outdoor activity will be suspended for the day. All after-school activities have been canceled or rescheduled. Before- and after-school care will operate on a normal schedule. If forecasts deteriorate the day, schools will be dismissed early, and parents will be notified immediately. The School of Arts-Infused Learning will be dismissing students at 11:30 a.m.

McDuffie County schools will be closed Friday. The school district will not require students to make up this school day.

Also closed Friday will be Screven County schools.

Warren County schools will be closed on Friday. “The school system appreciates the support and trust of the community as we educate their children,” Superintendent Christopher Harris said.

The Glascock County School System is canceling school and all school-related activities, including the after-school program, for Friday.

The Burke County School System canceled all after-school activities on Thursday and said all schools and district departments will be closed Friday. Employees should not report to work.

In Aiken County, Friday will be a home-learning day. Students should leave school Thursday with their laptops in hand and all remote assignments for Friday’s e-learning day downloaded to their device. Students in kindergarten and first grade may be assigned remote work that’s to be completed with pencil and paper. Parents and guardians of those younger students will be provided information about student assignments accordingly.

Bamberg County students will be released at 11 a.m. Thursday, and Friday will be an eLearning day for all students and employees. All after-school programs are canceled for Thursday and Friday.

Jefferson County schools will be closed Friday.

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Hurricane Ian carved a path of destruction across Florida, trapping people in flooded homes and knocking out power to 2.5 million people. Although we’re not going to feel the full effects of Ian after it comes ashore again near Charleston on Friday, there will be some impacts in the CSRA in the form of rain and wind.

Here’s a look at other changes in plans locally:

Sports

RICHMOND COUNTY

  • Volleyball matches will continue as scheduled on Saturday, but A.R. Johnson homecoming tailgating activities scheduled for Saturday have been canceled.
  • Cross Creek football game at Harlem has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thomson football game at T.W. Josey has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Putnam County football game at Westside has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Morgan County football game at ARC has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Laney football game at Washington County has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Hephzibah football game at Salem has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7:00 p/m/
  • Glenn Hills football game at Butler has been moved to Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

COLUMBIA COUNTY:

  • All of Friday night’s football games have been postponed or otherwise rescheduled.

ELSEWHERE:

  • Aiken vs. Airport football game has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Warren County vs. Washington-Wilkes football game has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The homecoming activities originally scheduled will take place at a later time.
  • Ridge Spring-Monetta vs. Denmark-Olar football game has been moved to Sept 28 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Morgan County vs. ARC football game has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Evans vs. Lakeside football game has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thomson vs. Josey football game has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Augusta Christian vs. Hammond football game has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Batesburg-Leesville vs. Strom Thurmond football game has been moved to Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.
  • Brunswick vs. Grovetown football game has been moved to Sept. 28 at 5 p.m.
  • Cross Creek vs. Harlem football game has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • North Augusta vs. South Aiken football game has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Augusta Prep vs. Thomas Jefferson football game has been moved to Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Silver Bluff vs. Fox Creek football game has been moved to Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.
  • Aquinas vs. Lincoln County football game has been moved to Oct. 14
  • Edisto vs. Barnwell football game has been moved to Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wagener-Salley vs. Williston-Elko football game has been moved to Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Burke County vs. Wayne County football game will be rescheduled on a date to be announced
  • Emanuel County Institute vs. Jefferson County football game has been moved to Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.
  • Swainsboro vs. Irwin County football game has been moved to Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.
  • In Bamberg County, all athletic events previously planned for Thursday or Friday have either been rescheduled or canceled.

Events

  • Due to the impending bad weather, Fort Gordon canceled its Fall Fest, which had been planned for Thursday through Sunday.
  • Harlem city officials said they’ll decide on Friday whether to move forward with Saturday’s Oliver Hardy Festival.
  • Due to the impending weather from Hurricane Ian, the Aiken Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department has canceled the Touch-A-Truck and Power Wheels Derby scheduled for Saturday.
  • The Love to the Rescue Wall dedication scheduled for this Friday has been rescheduled. The wall, featuring portraits of rescued pets painted by Aiken County High School students and local artists, will be dedicated at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6 at Osbon’s Laundry & Cleaners at Hayne Avenue and Pendleton Street.
  • Friday’s eWIC Go Live Community Health Fair sponsored by the CSRA Breastfeeding Coalition has been rescheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at 950 Laney Walker Blvd. in Augusta.
  • Organizers have canceled the “Reduce Your Risk” annual “Focus on Me” community resource festival planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at May Park in Augusta.
  • Voorhees University in Denmark, S.C., will close at noon Thursday through Saturday due to inclement weather. All classes and outdoor activities are canceled and administrative offices are closed. The campus is expected to reopen and operate on a regular schedule Monday.
  • Due to severe weather projected in Richmond County, the College Board has rescheduled the SAT from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15. Check the College Board website for more information.
  • Due to the impending weather from Hurricane Ian, the Aiken County Farmers Market will be closed on Oct. 1. Stop by Oct. 8 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. for Fall Farm Fest featuring informational vendors and children’s activities.
  • Due to weather, the Tri-Development Center of Aiken County, Inc. will be closed on Friday.
  • Administration of the SAT at South Aiken High School, which was previously scheduled for Saturday, has been rescheduled for Oct. 15. All students registered for the SAT received notification from the College Board regarding the rescheduled date.