Three Midlands school districts are planning delayed starts Thursday as a result of forecasts of bitterly cold overnight temperatures.
Richland One will open on a two-hour delay on Thursday. Buses will pick up students two hours later than the normal pick-up times, and classes will begin two hours later than normal. Students will be served breakfast and lunch at school. The Preschool Children with Disabilities (PCD) Program morning session is canceled for Thursday. The PCD Program afternoon session will operate on a 30-minute delayed start.
Newberry County is planning a two-hour delay for students, according to a news release. Employees are to report at their regularly scheduled times, the release said, and pre-kindergarten classes, which meet only in the mornings, will not be held.
Kershaw County also will have a two-hour delay for students, a news release said. Staff is expected to report at their normal times. Three- and 4-year-old students in morning classes will not attend, the release noted. Breakfast will be served.
Among districts operating on regular schedules are Richland 2, Lexington 1, Lexington 2, Lexington 3, Lexington 4 and Lexington-Richland 5.
Districts say they will continue to monitor weather conditions overnight and into the early morning hours.