Concerns over extreme low temperatures has prompted Columbia County officials to delay the opening of schools by two hours Tuesday morning.
School officials issued a press release today announcing the delay, which cited National Weather Service advisories that forecast temperatures in the low teens and a wind chill that push the effective temperature to near zero.
Officials said children should arrive at their schools or bus stops two hours later than normal Tuesday and urged parents to dress children appropriately for the cold weather.
School employees and children in elementary before-school childcare programs should arrive at their normal times, the release said.
Officials said recess and physical education classes will be held indoors on Tuesday.
Classes at Augusta Preparatory Day School will be delayed by two hours on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Bus pick-ups times, including the Aiken route, will be two hours later than normal.
The Columbia County Health Department also will be delayed opening by two hours. The department, on William Few Parkway near Grovetown, will open at 10 a.m.