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Orange County Schools sorry, closing early Monday. Here’s what other districts did

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Governor Roy Cooper visited those seeking refuge from Hurricane Florence at a recently-opened shelter at UNC-Chapel Hill on Sunday, Sept. 16, many of whom are members of the Congolese refugee community in New Bern.
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Governor Roy Cooper visited those seeking refuge from Hurricane Florence at a recently-opened shelter at UNC-Chapel Hill on Sunday, Sept. 16, many of whom are members of the Congolese refugee community in New Bern.

Orange County Schools will be dismissing two hours early Monday afternoon ahead of more rain expected to fall on the Triangle.

The district also has cancelled afterschool activities, and will be giving an excused absence to any student who missed school on Monday, officials said.

The district’s Facebook post also included an apology for the decision to send students to school Monday morning. Many students were forced to stand in the pouring ran beside flooded roads waiting for their bus.

“We apologize for any safety issues this may have caused, in addition to the stress and inconvenience,” district officials said in the post.

“When we make decisions to close or delay or open schools, safety is always our top priority,” they said. “Though we lead with safety, we might not always get the decision correct. Today is one of those days. We tried to make a decision to keep schools open using the best information we had at the time. We got it wrong, and we apologize for that. We are responsible to you, our community, and we will continue to strive to make our school system and its operations as safe as possible.”

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Durham Public Schools and Franklin County Schools also decided to continue with their regular schedule Monday.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools, after first announcing a two-hour delay, ended up canceling classes early Monday because of flash flooding caused by heavy rain overnight.

Wake, Johnston and Chatham county schools also decided to close.

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