Goodyear Tree

A tree fell in front of Goodyear Elementary School during strong winds from Hurricane Irma.

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Glynn County schools will be closed through Friday.

The school system announced Monday afternoon that due to the damages left behind by Hurricane Irma, schools will not reopen for the remainder of the week.

“With the amount of damage we’re seeing already, it is unrealistic to think that we could safely open schools this week,” said Virgil Cole, superintendent of Glynn County schools, in a press release. “Our main concern now is the safety of residents and we don’t want people trying to get back to Glynn County thinking that schools may reopen. We will need to conduct thorough damage assessments of our school facilities, and likely won’t be able to begin that process until Wednesday at the earliest.”

He said an announcement will be made about schools reopening as soon as possible.

The school system urged residents to monitor local media and the schools’ website and social media for further information about school reopening.

It also urged that residents monitor official announcements from the Glynn County Emergency Management Agency regarding re-entry and travel in the county.

Frederica Academy will also remain closed through the remainder of this week.

College of Coastal Georgia announced Monday night that the Brunswick campus and Kingsland-based Camden Center will remain closed through Friday. The re-open date and resumption of classes will be announced as soon as possible.

The college is urging students, faculty and staff not to attempt to return to campus until instructed that it is safe to do so.

“The safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff remain our top priorities,” said CCGA interim president Meg Amstutz in a press release. “We are working in coordination with state and local government to assess conditions in our community and make the best possible decision about re-opening and resuming classes.”