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[[ SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE as of 1/08/24 @ 3:12 PM  ]]

In cooperation with Effingham Emergency Management, we have determined the weather forecast for tomorrow afternoon has worsened. The sustained winds are forecasted to be over 40 mph, and school buses should not be on the roadway with sustained winds at this level. Also, within the forecast are wind gusts between 60-70 mph.

Therefore, to ensure the safety of our staff, students, and families, school will be closed for tomorrow, Tuesday, January 9th.

School will resume as normal on Wednesday, January 10th. Again, the safety of our students, staff, and our families is important to us. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Stay safe!

[[ SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE as of 1/08/24 @ 11:15 AM  ]] 

The safety of our students, staff, and families are important to us. I have been in contact with Effingham Emergency Management in regards to the upcoming weather system coming our way. Currently, we will be under a Wind Advisory from 6 am to 10 pm on Tuesday. Winds will be 25 to 35 mph with potential gusts of 45 mph are expected.

At this time, unless the weather changes for the worse, we will have school as normal tomorrow. We will continue to monitor the weather system and have direct communication with our contacts with Effingham Emergency Management.

Please continue to monitor your email / campus messenger in regards to any updates we may have. Thank you again for your support and patience as we do what's best for the students, staff, and families of Effingham County. 

[[ SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE as of 9/28/22 @ 8:48 PM  ]] 

Based on the most recent updates for local weather conditions, wind gusts are expected to increase significantly within the next 24 hours. As a result, the Effingham County  School System will be closed to staff and students both tomorrow and Friday. 

We apologize for the late notice, but ensuring the safety of our staff and students is our priority. Thank you again for your patience as we make ongoing decisions for our district. 

Please continue to check out the district website and Facebook page for updates. 

[[ SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE as of 9/28/22 @ 5:05 PM  ]] 

The Effingham County School System will be closed to students and employees Friday, September 30th, as we anticipate the onset of inclement weather due to Hurricane Ian. Please note that all school-related activities scheduled to take place Friday will also be canceled and rescheduled, if appropriate. All classes and school-related events will resume Monday, October 3rd.  

Thank you for your trust and patience.  

[[Hurricane Ian Update - 9/28/22 @ 2:38 PM]]

The Effingham County School System is working closely with Effingham County Emergency Management to monitor weather conditions and determine ongoing school schedules for Friday of this week. The School District will provide an official statement to staff, student, and parents by noon on Thursday regarding school on Friday. The safety of our staff and students are at the forefront of our decision-making process. 

If school closure is necessary, we will notify ECSD families via phone, email, announcements on local news media outlets, and updates to our district's Facebook page.

Thank you for your patience and for entrusting us with the safety of our school district's staff and students.

[[Hurricane Ian Update - 9/28/22 @ 11:20 AM]]

The Effingham County School System is working closely with Effingham County Emergency Management to monitor weather conditions and determine ongoing school schedules for Thursday and Friday of this week.  The current forecast for Friday has sustained winds in the 15-25 mph range with gusts reaching 35 mph. We will receive more updates at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m today. We currently have no plans to close schools or cancel extracurricular activities, but we will continue to assess conditions in the event inclement weather indicates a compromise to the safety of our staff and students.  

If school closure is necessary, we will notify ECSD families via phone, email, announcements on local news media outlets, and updates to our district’s Facebook page.

Thank you for your patience and for entrusting us with the safety of our school district’s staff and students.  

[[Hurricane Ian Update - 9/27/22 2:34 PM]]

The Effingham County School System is working closely with Effingham County Emergency Management to monitor weather conditions and determine ongoing school schedules for the remainder of the week.  We currently have no plans to close schools or cancel extracurricular activities, but we will continue to assess conditions in the event inclement weather indicates a compromise to the safety of our staff and students. We have moved or rescheduled some activities, so we ask that families please listen out for further information from schools as we monitor the status of Hurricane Ian.  

If school closure is deemed necessary, we will notify ECSD families via phone, email, announcements on local news media outlets, and updates to our district’s Facebook page.

Thank you for your patience and for entrusting us with the safety of our school district’s staff and students.  

[[Hurricane Ian Update - 9/26/22 5:30 PM]]

We are closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Ian. The latest model from the NHC shows a fairly substantial shift in the cone of probability since 11:00 a.m. this morning, to the East. Sustained winds have increased to 100 mph, which is up from 75 mph this morning. Ian is still forecasted to grow in strength to at least a Category 3 (Major) before landfall in Florida. The forward motion of the storm is currently 13 mph.

There is still  a high degree of uncertainty as to what impacts Effingham County may receive.

Our probability of TS force wind gusts is currently around 30-40%. The most probable time frame for arrival of TS force gusts is Thursday night into Friday morning. We are in direct communication several times per day with the Effingham Emergency Management Team and will keep each of you updated on the storm and any changes we plan to implement.

[[Hurricane Ian Update - 9/26/22 11:48 AM]]

We will continue to work closely with the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency (EEMA) to determine any action that needs to be taken in regards to Hurricane Ian. At this time, it's too early to determine the exact path the Hurricane will take. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on our Facebook Page as well as the District Website. We will also be in direct communication with our families through School Messenger on any changes and updates regarding the Hurricane.    All information regarding the Hurricane will come from the Superintendent's Office as well as the Communication Office at the District Level.  

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