Weather causes school officials to plan for delay

January 6, 2014 

Officials advise staying indoors Tuesday when temperatures are expected to be below freezing, but if you do go out, to dress as warm as possible.


— In anticipation of unusually cold weather, the Lancaster County School District is delaying the start of school Tuesday. That means classes at Indian Land schools will begin two hours later than usual, officials said.

Fort Mill School District spokeswoman Kelly McKinney said schools there will operate on a normal schedule.

Forecasters are calling for temperatures below freezing all week, starting with an overnight low tonight in the single digits.

“The extreme cold could mean we have a significant number of buses that have trouble starting in the morning,” Lancaster Supt. Gene Moore said in a statement.

“We do not want students waiting outside in the extreme cold for a long time. The delays will give us time to make sure all buses are started and pick up children without delays.”

Also, York County organizations that aid homeless people are working together to offer relief. The Women and Children's Warming Center at the Salvation Army, 119 S. Charlotte Avenue, Rock Hill, will open at 6 p.m. today and run through 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Men's Warming Center will be open at Bethel United Methodist Church, 1232 Curtis Street, Rock Hill, from 6 p.m. tonight to 8 a.m. Tuesday. For more information, call Lora Holladay of the United Way of York County, 803-324-2735.

Renew Our Community Central, which connects homeless people with services and offers transportation from Fort Mill to its office in Rock Hill, is in need to donations of supplies, including coffee and other hot beverages, blankets, coats and cash. ROC Central is located at 119 E White St., Rock Hill. Donations can be made in person or online at

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