Local schools close in anticipation of Hurricane Florence

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(WRIC) — In anticipation of Hurricane Florence, several local school districts announced school closings for Friday.   

On Thursday, Chesterfield County Public Schools announced it will close all schools in the county on Friday, Sept. 14. Chesterfield County school officials made the decision as a safety precaution.  

“Out of concern for the safety of our students and staff members, Chesterfield County Public Schools will be closed on Friday, Sept. 14. No students or staff should report,” an email to parents said.  

The message shared the reasoning behind the school district’s decision: 

“After reviewing all of the data and forecasts available to us at this time, we have determined that there are still concerns about the potential for near-tropical storm force wind gusts and the impacts they could have on school division operations (power due to downed trees, transportation, etc.) given the size of this massive hurricane.”

Both Hanover and Henrico County Public Schools have also canceled school on Friday. 

Hanover County Schools tweeted the announcement on Tuesday: “Due to Hurricane Florence, severe weather is forecasted to impact Hanover County later this week. High winds, flooding, power outages, and downed trees are likely. As a result, HCPS will be CLOSED on Friday, September 14th.”

Richmond Public Schools will also be closed on Friday in anticipation of Hurricane Florence, according to a tweet from Jason Kamras, the district’s superintendent. 

Amelia County Public Schools announced an early dismissal schedule beginning at noon on Sept. 13. High schools will be dismissed at noon, with middle schools closing at 12:15 p.m. and elementary schools letting students out at 12:30 p.m. 

Amelia schools will be closed on Friday and only 12-month employees should report for a half day.  

Petersburg City Public Schools will be closed on Friday, Sept. 14. All weekend activities are also canceled in Petersburg schools. 

Prince George County Schools announced on Wednesday in a Facebook post that the schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday.  

On Wednesday, Greensville County Public Schools announced that schools would also be closed on Thursday and Friday.  

Click or tap HERE for the full list of closings across Central Virginia. 

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