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Bladen County Schools closed rest of week; 1.2 million students miss school

Bladen County Schools will be closed the rest of this week according to an announcement made earlier. Valerie F. Newton, Public Relations & Information Officer with Bladen County Schools stated in a press release, “Upon further assessment of road conditions throughout Bladen County by DOT and school transportation staff, we feel that the conditions are not ideal for safe transportation of students.”

Bladen County Schools will be closed for the remainder of this week for students and staff; however, Friday will be an optional workday for staff. All identified essential personnel such as maintenance, transportation, and child nutrition are to contact their immediate supervisor regarding their work schedule for this week according to Newton.

She continued, “We anticipate that students and staff will be able to return to school on Monday, October 1. We will provide an update this weekend concerning school schedules for next week.”

Emereau: Bladen a public charter school in Elizabethtown announced last week they would be on fall break until October 1.

Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy has not made an announcement about when they will officially reopen school at this time.

The Public Schools of North Carolina State Board of Education also released an announcement today. In the statement they said, “Hurricane Florence caused more than 1.2 million students in N.C. public schools to miss some school. For some, it was a day or two of delays; for others, it may be weeks until their school reopens. A bipartisan group of current and former education leaders has come together to announce an unprecedented effort to aid students and educators as they recover from the devastating effects of the storm.”

Those on the list to attend are: Former State Superintendent June Atkinson, State Board of Education Chairman Eric Davis, Henry Johnson, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education and former Mississippi State Superintendent, State Superintendent Mark Johnson, Former State Board of Education Chairman Phil Kirk, Former State Superintendent Mike Ward. The meeting will take place in Wilmington on Tuesday, September 25.

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