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Pender County Schools closed due to aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

posted Oct 11, 2016, 12:09 PM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Oct 13, 2016, 1:09 PM ]

Pender County Schools is closed for students Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, and Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Friday is an optional workday for staff who can safely report to work. 

Further school cancellations may be necessary as Pender County experiences continued road closures, power outages, and flooding.

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew has led to a county-wide State of Emergency.

“When making decisions related to the closing of school, the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority,” said Dr. Terri Cobb, Superintendent of Pender County Schools. “We thank Pender County Emergency Management, American Red Cross, Pender County Sheriff’s Department, NC Highway Patrol, Pender EMS and Fire, Health and Human Services and all other departments in Pender County government for monitoring conditions throughout the last few days. With their assistance, we have been able to make informed decisions in the best interest of the safety of our staff, students, and community.”

While the roads may be passable in your community, please understand that roadways across the county, region and eastern part of the state remain impassable in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Emergency Management and Pender County Schools ask families to monitor the conditions in their area and seek shelter if necessary. Due to contamination, residents should stay out of flood waters.

“While Hurricane Matthew has passed, Pender County continues to be affected by the flooding that is occurring in inland counties,” said Tom Collins, Director of Pender County Emergency Management. “Mandatory evacuations have been issued for the Black River Basin.”

With the help of many agencies, Pender County Schools is monitoring the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in our county and will continue to keep staff, parents, students and community members informed through our automated call system, local media, the district website, and social media.

Please contact Pender County Emergency Management at 910-259-1409 if you have any questions.