By Abigail Adams
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Richland School District Two, from October 5 to October 7, shut down in order to prepare for the incoming Hurricane Matthew.
On October 4, Governor Nikki Haley shut down schools in 27 counties across South Carolina in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Some people from the coastline traveled farther inland to avoid some of the dangers from the storm. During this evacuation and school shutdown, Dent Middle School was made into an evacuation shelter.
According to South Carolina Electric and Gas Company, more than 290,000 people throughout the state were left without power. Four deaths have been reported in South Carolina, two from Florence County, one from Dillon County and one from Richland County.
Students at Ridge View High School told of power outages and slight flooding throughout The Summit, a community of neighborhoods near the high school. When asked about her thoughts on the break, Sophomore Elicia Covington said, “In my opinion, we weren’t really affected … I don’t think it was necessary for us to evacuate our schools for three days.”
Students will make-up the three day break on February 20, March 17, and April 17.