Local schools have delayed re-openings following Hurricane Irma, and several public meetings scheduled this week have been canceled.
The Glynn County School System announced Friday that all public schools will resume on Monday and employees are expected to return to work that day.
“We made the decision to open schools on Monday after careful consideration and with recognition of the difficulties residents are facing trying to recover from the storm,” said Virgil Cole, superintendent, in a press release. “We believe that resuming school is an important component in helping the community to begin to return to normal, and are confident that we can open schools safely and provide all of normal services to our students and staff.”
The Glynn County Health Department has cleared all school cafeterias to provide meals, though schools will operate on a limited breakfast and lunch menu.
Parents are asked to be patient and understanding of any delays that occur with school bus transportation.
“We’re elated to have almost all of our bus drivers confirmed to drive beginning Monday, but also know that there are problem areas in the county that are likely to cause delays,” Cole said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work through these issues.”
The Glynn County Board of Education will consider whether to make up the school days lost due to the storm at its next regular board meeting on Sept. 26.
College of Coastal Georgia postponed the re-opening of its residences halls to Sunday at 8 a.m.
CCGA had planned to open the residence halls Friday at 3 p.m., but based on information provided to the college by the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission, the college pushed the re-opening back.
“We learned earlier today that Brunswick and Glynn County’s infrastructure is not yet operating at full capacity,” said CCGA president Meg Amstutz in a press release on Thursday. “While we have been assured by Glynn County officials that the College’s infrastructure is safe and fully operational, we have made the decision to delay the return of our residential students to lessen the impact on the community’s already-stressed facilities and to allow time for additional recovery of the local area.”
The college will make accommodations for students who made firm travel arrangements as a result of the previously announced plan to reopen residence halls on Friday, according to the press release.
This change will not affect when classes will resume. The Brunswick campus and Camden Center in Kingsland will have classes back in session on Monday.
Frederica Academy announced Friday that the school will not be open for classes on Monday, given the uncertainty regarding water and sewer conditions and power availability in some parts of Glynn County.
Monday will be used as a teacher work day for faculty and staff members who can make it to campus.
The school will reopen Tuesday, according to an email from the school Friday.
Additionally, several local meetings have been canceled this week.
The Glynn County Board of Commissioners work session scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled, as has the regularly scheduled meeting for the Brunswick City Commission Wednesday.
The next regular meeting for the city commission will take place Oct. 4 at 6 p.m.
The Glynn County Airport Commission canceled its meeting scheduled for Tuesday. The next meeting will take place Oct. 17 at 9 a.m.