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Currituck schools to close Tuesday, Perquimans, ECPPS on Wednesday

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From staff reports

Monday, September 10, 2018

Three area school districts have already announced closing plans this week ahead of Hurricane Florence’s expected arrival on Thursday. As of Monday afternoon, Camden County Schools had not announced a decision. 

Currituck County Schools will be closed for students starting today and continuing through Friday, Superintendent Mark Stefanik said. Starting Monday, all after-school events in Currituck have been canceled for the week. 

Perquimans County Schools will be closed starting Wednesday and continuing through the rest of the week, Superintendent Matthew Cheeseman said. All after-school activities for Tuesday will go on as planned, he said.

In Pasquotank County, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools will also be closed starting Wednesday and continuing through the rest of the week, the school district announced via email Monday.

“While we realize this is an early call for closing, we want to provide families as much time as possible to prepare for the impending weather while keeping safety of everyone our first priority,” the email stated.

On Tuesday, students attending the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Early College, which is held at College of The Albemarle in Elizabeth City, will attend classes at Elizabeth City Middle School. That’s because the COA campus will be closed Tuesday. 

Additional announcements regarding ECPPS include the following:

— All athletic events and practices have been cancelled Wednesday through Friday. The Northeastern High School volleyball matches at home set for Tuesday night are still scheduled at this time. The NHS soccer game scheduled for Wednesday night in Camden has been moved up to Tuesday night;

— Driver Education training also has been cancelled Wednesday through Friday;

— Central Elementary School will reschedule its open house event originally set for this week;

— P.W. Moore Elementary has rescheduled its Title I event to Sept. 27;

— This week’s Pasquotank Elementary PTO meeting has been postponed; and 

— Weeksville Elementary picture day set for Wednesday will be rescheduled to a later date.

Stefanik said the Currituck schools will close on Tuesday because of the mandatory evacuation order issued in Dare County that’s expected to increase traffic through Currituck. Tuesday and Wednesday will be optional workdays for school staff, he said. 

Because they are considered essential personnel for storm preparation, all custodians and maintenance personnel are required to report for work on Tuesday, Stefanik said.

In Camden County, Superintendent Joe Ferrell said Monday that the school district was watching the forecast closely. No decision regarding school closings in Camden has been announced. 

“Right now, we are monitoring the forecast that we receive at least once per day from Christy Saunders,” Ferrell said. “I have met with Larry Lawrence, chief operations officer, and his department has taken steps to secure items outside the buildings and have reached out to service providers such as roofers to be sure they are on-call should the need arise. We will be sending out basic information regarding the potential for school closings or delays just as a reminder and just in case it is needed so that our employees know what to do.

“We have a board meeting Thursday evening and I have talked with the board chair about the steps we take if that meeting has to be postponed.”

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