School operating as normal tomorrow; Ravenel bridge still closed

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014


The Charleston County School District will be operating on a normal schedule tomorrow, Friday, February 14.

The most recent assessment of the Ravenel Bridge by Mount Pleasant Police, Charleston Police and SCDOT indicates conditions are improving but still remain dangerous for vehicle and pedestrian traffic and for this reason the bridge will remain closed at this time.

The South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy is CANCELLING it's Friday, January 14, 2014 graduation ceremony due to inclement weather.

The Charleston County School District originally asked all central staff (Calhoun and Bridge View), Principals, Assistant Principals and staff at their Learning Communities to report to work at noon today.

This did not include teachers or other school based staff.

Due to recent reports about the Ravenel Bridge still being closed and heavy traffic, they are not requried to report to work today at noon.

CCSD will send another update about our plans for tomorrow before 2 p.m. today.

Charleston County Weather Update

(CLOSED) This applies to the following locations:

•Charleston County library branches

•The Judicial Complex downtown Charleston

•The Charleston Center outpatient services will be closed, but Opioid Treatment Services will run on a normal schedule and inpatient services will also be available

Charleston County remains at Operating Condition (OPCON) 4. Operating Condition 4 means there is a possibility of an emergency or disaster situation. At this point, Charleston County has not activated the Emergency Operations Center.

Charleston County additional information:

•Charleston County Bond Court will run a normal schedule

•Charleston County recycling operations will resume tomorrow as the weather permits

•Bees Ferry Landfill will be open

Other municipality information:

•City of Isle of Palms 10:00 a.m. delayed start

•Town of Kiawah Island 11:00 a.m. delayed start

•Town of Mount Pleasant 11:00 a.m. delayed start

•Town of Sullivan's Island 12:00 p.m. delayed start

Due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions, Bishop England High School will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 13.

As the school calendar reads, they will remain closed on Friday, Feb. 14 for scholarship meetings and on Monday, Feb. 17 for Presidents' Day.

Teachers please report to school on Friday the 14 by 9 a.m.

CCSD has been in close communication with the Charleston County Emergency Management Division all morning and road conditions are still expected to be hazardous in the morning. With that in mind, they have decided to close school tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 13.

All school based staff are not to report to work tomorrow. All central office staff at Bridge View and Calhoun, please report to work at noon tomorrow.

All district sponsored events and athletic activities are canceled tonight and tomorrow night, including the Common Core Parent Information Sessions, and Adult Education and Community Education Classes

The Ashley Cooper Stormwater Consortium resolution signing scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant has been canceled due to the inclement weather.

The Charleston Center Opioid Treatment Services and inpatient services will be available today. Outpatient services will remain closed due to weather conditions.

•Cancelled - Council member Anna Johnson meeting roundtable set for 12:30 today at the Johns Island Library.

•Due to the inclement weather, the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry (CML) will open at 12pm on Wednesday, February 12.

•As a result of winter weather conditions continuing to affect our area, the Town of Mount Pleasant will open administrative offices with a three-hour delay today, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m.

•Governor Nikki Haley, S.C. Emergency Management Division Director Kim Stenson, and other state officials will hold a press conference at the South Carolina State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) today, Wednesday, February 12, at 11:45 AM.

•Due to the Ravenel Bridge closure, all Mount Pleasant routes, including Express, are detouring onto the Don Holt Bridge. Expect some delays.

In order to be as efficient as possible in transporting our passengers around Mount Pleasant and to downtown during the bridge closure, Towne Center will serve as a transfer point.

One of the Route 40 (Mount Pleasant) buses and the Route 41 (Coleman Boulevard) bus will circulate only in Mount Pleasant. Those two will meet to transfer passengers to another of the Route 40 buses that will travel the detour into downtown until the bridge has reopened. Expect some delays on these routes until the bridge has reopened and service returns to normal.

At this time we have no other major schedule changes to report in regard to the inclement weather. That may change, and we will communicate those updates. Any changes in service will be also be posted on the system's Twitter (@ridecarta) and Facebook pages.

•The Charleston School of Law will be closed today, Wednesday, Feb. 12, due to icy conditions.

They plan on seeing students Thursday.

•The Citadel will be closed today, Wed., Feb, 12th, due to road conditions, bridge closures and actions taken by the Charleston County government. The dining hall for Cadets will remain open. Normal campus operations are anticipated to resume on Thursday. Please check with local news outlets, in The Citadel.edu newsroom and on the college's Facebook page for further updates as needed.

•South Carolina Federal Will Open at 10am Wednesday. In the interest of member safety, as well as the safety of the employees serving members, all South Carolina Federal Credit Union locations will be open at 10a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

This also applies to the following locations:

•Charleston County library branches

•The Judicial Center Complex downtown Charleston

•The Charleston Center

Mount Pleasant Municipal Court will be closed. Due to the forecasted ice and snow accumulation throughout most of South Carolina, Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal has directed that all courtroom proceedings in state, county and municipal courts be canceled on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

Other current closings include:

Schools, K-12

Berkeley County School District: All schools and offices will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 12. No school events, practices or activities will take place tomorrow either on school grounds or off. There are no anticipated schedule changes for today, Tuesday, Feb. 11. Today's after-school care, after-school activities, and tonight's Budget and Board meetings are following a regular schedule. A decision on school for Thursday will be made Wednesday.

Bishop England: Tuesday's basketball at Woodland JV has been canceled. Varsity games will play earlier. Varsity Girls at 5 p.m., Varsity Boys at 6:30.

Charleston County School District has made no plans to alter Wednesday's schedule. They will be operating under a normal schedule.

Dorchester District Two schools and district facilities are closed Wednesday, Feb. 12. A decision for Thursday, Feb. 13th will be made on Wednesday afternoon.

Dorchester District Four schools will be closed Wednesday

Metro North School closed Wednesday

Orangeburg Consolidated District 3 closed Wednesday and Thursday

Warming Shelters opened

•Crisis Ministries & Palmetto House will open more areas of their facility for guests to escape the cold when the temperature is forecast to be 40 degrees or lower. ADA Compliant

Crisis Ministries: 573 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403

•Palmetto House (no men): 107 Elks Lodge Lane Summerville, SC 29483

•Antioch Community Ministries 1250 Central Ave. Summerville 875-2518 - Small warming center– NO BEDS - open at 5pm (doors close at 9pm) Monday - Friday 1/31

ADA Compliant

•Charleston County Sheriff's Office Camp Facility, Leeds Ave in North Charleston Opening Tues - Fri 5pm-9am till 1/31 - Large warming shelter at the work camp facility on next to the Sheriff Cannon Detention Center. They will NOT do background checks – anyone can come and spend the night. They will have beds, showers, food & medical staff on site.

• CARTA will provide FREE transportation to THIS warming shelter. CARTA will be making a constant loop at the following locations throughout the night:

-Meeting and Columbus

-Meeting and Lee

-Meeting and John near the visitor's center

-The Carta bus stop on Spring St near the McDonalds (230 Spring St)

-Across the street from TriCounty Family Ministries (3349 Rivers Ave, North Charleston)

-The Carta bus stops surrounding Goodwill on Rivers (6607 Rivers Ave, North Charleston)

Know of additonal shelters? Please notfy the 2-1-1 Hotline business office at 747-3007

Dial 2-1-1 or 744-4357 for more informaton and access to community resources. Phone counselors available 24/7

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