Southside Asphole Elementary in Rowland, NC, part of the Innovative School District, will follow the direction of Public Schools of Robson County (PSRC) regarding school closings in Robeson County. Please read the message below from PSRC Superintendent Dr. Shanita W. Wooten.
Public Schools of Robeson County (PSRC) district administrators will continue to err on the side of caution and have decided schools will remain closed until further notice.
“Experts advise that the full impact of Hurricane Florence in Robeson County will be most severe on Sunday, Sept. 16, into Monday, Sept. 17, and may include severe flooding, widespread power outages, downed trees, road closures and limited access to school buildings and facilities.”
District administrators and auxiliary service departments are in the process of assessing damage to our schools and district buildings. At this time, many schools do not have power due to downed electrical lines and widespread power outages. Currently, damage to schools and facilities include flooding and collapsed structures. Once power has been restored and schools are repaired we will be in a position to reopen. Shelters are still located in our local schools. While this may cause a delay in the reopening of schools, we remain committed to the residents of Robeson County. Shelters housed on PSRC campuses will remain open as long as needed to meet the needs of evacuees.
We know reopening schools is just one item on the long list of steps that would bring a sense of normalcy to the 23,000+ students who could use the comfort, stability, and protection that school offers. Being in the classroom keeps children safe and offers them stability during uncertain times. In addition, going to school every day connects students with a community that cares for and protects them.
Our priority is to keep students in school where they can learn and continue their education in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Once rescue efforts cease and threats to life and property are diminished, the Public Schools of Robeson County will develop a plan for makeup days.
Please remain hyper-vigilant and safe. Do not let your guard down. We are here to offer assistance and serve.
Dr. Shanita W. Wooten
Public Schools of Robeson County