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Midlands school districts plan to reopen on Monday

Schools in most storm-affected S.C. counties can reopen starting this week.
Schools in most storm-affected S.C. counties can reopen starting this week.

Four Midlands school districts plan to reopen on Monday now that the threat of then-Hurricane Florence has passed.

Richland 1 in the downtown Columbia, Lower Richland and St. Andrews areas; Richland 2 in northeast Richland County; Lexington 1 in the Lexington, Gilbert and Pelion areas; Lexington 2 in Cayce-West Columbia; Lexington 3 in Batesburg Leesville; Lexington 4 in Swansea and Gaston; Lexington-Richland 5 in the Irmo, Dutch Fork and Chapin areas will reopen Monday.

Gov. Henry McMaster ordered schools in Lexington, Richland and several other counties to close beginning last Tuesday because of the threat of Hurricane Florence, which was downgraded to a tropical depression on Sunday.

McMaster has said the schools had to close so that they could be used as shelters for people evacuating from the coast and so schools buses could be used to assist in those evacuations.

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