Robeson public schools closed through Wednesday

LUMBERTON — School will remain closed through Wednesday for Public Schools of Robeson County students.

Robeson students had the past week off because of Hurricane Matthew. Four schools are serving as emergency shelters for those displaced by the storm, while others suffered tree and water damage or have no power.

Monday was a day off for school staff, central office staff and Indian Education staff.

Superintendent Tommy Lowry in a statement on Sunday said air quality will be tested at all schools that “were flooded or compromised from Hurricane Matthew” before staff and students return to school. Lowry said the county Health Department and other agencies will inspect the schools.

Long Branch Elementary School, the Career Center, Fairgrove Middle School and W.H Knuckles Elementary School are without power. All Lumberton schools were without water late Sunday afternoon.

Robeson Community College will re-open for curriculum classes on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Classes scheduled for Friday will begin at 9 a.m. Only certificate, diploma and associate degree programs will resume classes on Thursday. College and Career Readiness classes and Continuing Education/Workforce Development classes will resume at a later date, the college announced Monday.

On Thursday, classes scheduled before 9:30 a.m. will not meet. Only classes scheduled to meet after 9:30 a.m. will meet. On Friday, classes scheduled before 9 a.m. will not meet. Only classes scheduled to meet after 9 a.m. will meet.

Classes at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke resume on Tuesday..

By Sarah Willets

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