Johnston County schools remain closed as hurricane recovery continues
Posted October 13, 2016
Updated October 16, 2016
Johnston County, N.C. — Schools remain closed for students in Johnston County as district officials face challenges in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
On Thursday afternoon, Johnston County schools announced that classes would be canceled Monday, meaning students will have missed over a week of school.
Administrators said they’ve faced a number of obstacles as power was out and water was scarce in some school buildings. Two of the high schools had floodwater on the main levels.
As crews prepare the facilities to reopen, officials still face the challenge of getting kids to school. Hundreds of students who need to be picked up by the bus are hard to reach because of the number of roads that remain closed. The district is working to reroute those students, which officials say is a process that takes days.
Flooding also hit the Johnston County School Administration building, which lost equipment, furniture, maintenance supplies, food and vehicles.
Johnston County schools are expected to reopen Tuesday, but will operate on a two-hour delay. The day was originally scheduled for an early dismissal but, as a result of the delay, students will be released at their regularly scheduled time.
Schools in Edgecombe, Lenoir, Sampson, and Wayne counties will also be closed Monday while schools in Cumberland and Harnett counties will reopen Monday but operate on a two-hour delay.