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Rowan-Salisbury Schools closed Monday for students; Catawba will resume classes Tuesday

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SALISBURY — Because of lasting effect of tropical depression Florence, Rowan-Salisbury Schools will be closed for students Monday.

Here was the message issued on the RSS website this morning:

“STUDENTS:  Due to possible flooding in areas of our county, schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, September 17, for students.

“STAFF: Staff is to follow the Inclement Weather Protocol for Staff Work Options and to be on the lookout for a follow-up message from their principals.

“Once this weather situation is over, we will notify families of our make-up schedule.”

Meanwhile, Catawba College has said it will resume classes Tuesday. Here was this morning’s message from Tonia Black-Gold, the college’s communications officer:

“As the effects of what was Hurricane Florence move into the North Carolina Piedmont, Catawba College officials plan to reopen and resume all classes on a normal schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The college is closed and all day and evening classes are canceled for Monday, Sept. 17.

“Catawba’s Emergency Response Group will meet again Monday morning, and if these announced plans for Tuesday’s reopening are altered, community members will be notified by CatawbAlert, the campus website (www.catawba.edu) and the college’s social media platforms.

“The personal safety of Catawba’s students, faculty and staff continues to be of upmost concern to college administrators, and members of the campus community are encouraged to use their best judgment to assure their well-being during the storm. Residential students on campus during the storm are encouraged to limit their time outdoors to travel between their residence hall and the Cannon Student Center, where dining facilities are located. If the campus loses power, a daily curfew of 8 p.m. will be in place for residential students who remain in their residence halls.

“Frock Athletic Fields and the Catawba Ecological Preserve remain closed until after the effects of Hurricane Florence subside. The parking lot adjacent to Newman Park and Shuford Stadium is also closed. Residential students who remain on campus may move their vehicles to any Faculty/Staff parking areas on campus, including the Chapel Circle (which has the least amount of trees), through 8 a.m. Tuesday.

“College officials ask that you keep in your thoughts and prayers the families of approximately 150 of its students who live in the counties of N.C. and S.C. that are being directly impacted by the effects of Hurricane Florence. If you are a student who needs administrative or counseling support in the days ahead, please reach out to your Resident Assistant if you live on campus, or call Catawba’s Public Safety at 704-637-4000 or 704-202-1734 to access on-call staff.”

• North Hills Christian School will operate on a 2-hour delay on Monday. No before school care.

• The Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and all Rowan County lunch sites will be closed Monday, Sept. 17. Staff will be answering phone messages to respond to any needs.

 

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