Beaufort and Jasper County schools will remain closed for the rest of the week

(WTGS)

Beaufort and Jasper County school officials said all schools in both counties will remain closed for the rest of the week.

All athletic and extracurricular events are also cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Governor McMaster lifted the mandatory evacuation for both counties Tuesday morning.

However, officials said they need at least 80 percent of teachers and staff to be available for the schools to reopen, but a survey of school principles showed too many of them left on Monday as soon as the evacuation order was announced.

Beaufort County officials said they would also need 90-95 percent of their school bus drivers to open their schools, and that is not possible because of the evacuation.

Officials from both Beufort and Jasper counties said because the projected path of Hurricane Florence remains uncertain, school staff and bus drivers are staying away from the coast. The windy conditions and flooding that are possible later this week could also be too dangerous for school buses to run.

Beaufort County school district said the safety of their 22,000 students and staff is their number one priority, so all district schools will remain closed this week.

Jasper County school district said the safety of their 2,556 students and staff is also their number one priority.

A decision on reopening schools will be made this weekend and relayed to parents, employees and news media.

Information about make-up days will also be relayed soon.

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