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    Hurricane Ian: Monitor for Regular Updates

    September 28, 2022, 5:30 p.m. Update


    Bulloch County Schools and all of its district offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, September 29-30, for all students and employees. All after-school activities, sports practices and meetings are also canceled.


    This decision is based on the most recent official weather forecasts we have from the National Weather Service that show the possibility of severe weather in our area beginning as early as 8 a.m., Thursday morning. This forecast includes possible wind gusts of over 35 miles per hour which are out of the safe zone for school buses, student drivers and families to travel. The safety of our employees and the children we serve is most important.


    As we return to school on Monday, the amount of rain we receive could affect school bus route stops. The school district has already made a list of potential alternate bus stops for roads where flooding or road closures typically occur due to heavy rain or standing water. Remain alert. We will notify families if we need to activate any of these alternate stops. 


    Thank you, and be safe.



    September 28, 2022, 11 a.m. Update


    Bulloch County Schools continues to monitor official weather reports regarding Hurricane Ian.


    The school district will make a decision by 6 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 28, about any possible changes to school schedules. Please continue to monitor school district communications and local news media.


    With any severe weather event, we encourage families to have a plan for their household. The Ready.Gov and the Ready Georgia website have helpful tips. It is also important to have a contingency plan in place if key services like businesses, schools, and childcare centers close.


    • Key announcements:
      • For our Portal area schools who are involved in multiple events in connection with the Portal Turpentine Festival, please note that the Portal Heritage Society has rescheduled the festival to October 29. 
      • The Langston Chapel Middle School Athletic Facility Grand Opening will still occur on Wednesday, September 28, from 4:30 - 6 p.m.


    September 27, 2022, 4:30 p.m. Update

    • Bulloch County Schools continues to monitor official weather reports about Hurricane Ian.
    • Portal & Southeast alter Homecoming schedules; Statesboro Football has bye week

    Continue to monitor communications from the district and local news media. If decisions are made to alter school schedules, it will be immediately communicated through the district's mass communication system, website, social media and local and area news media.


    Bulloch County Schools' middle and high schools may have changes to athletic schedules this week due to the potential of severe weather from Hurricane Ian. Monitor communications from your school or follow the social media accounts for their school and athletics profiles for announcements about any possible changes to game schedules.


    Portal Middle High School and Southeast Bulloch High School have Homecoming this week. Each has already made changes to their schedules and communicated them to their students and families. Statesboro High School does not have a varsity football game as it's a bi-week for their team. 


    Portal Middle High School Homecoming

    • Portal's varsity football game on Friday, Sept. 30, with the Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics (GSIC) has been cancelled by GSIC.  The school did not have enough players on the roster to play the game due to unforeseen injuries.
    • The Homecoming Pep Rally has been moved to Friday, October 7, at 2:15 p.m., in the school gym. The homecoming king will be crowned at this event.  
    • The announcement of the homecoming queen and court has been moved to Friday, October 7, during halftime of the varsity football game with Montgomery County that begins at 7:30 p.m., at Portal
    • The junior varsity and varsity softball games with McIntosh County have been postponed
    • Portal's middle school football game with Pinewood has been moved to Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 5 p.m.
    • Portal Middle High School Facebook 
    • Portal Middle High School Website 

    Southeast Bulloch High School Homecoming

    Statesboro High School


    September 26, 2022 Update

    Bulloch County Schools is monitoring the weather conditions that may affect our area this week. As more accurate weather predictions become available later this week, we will communicate more information.


    Please monitor lines of communication and local media. This is a good time to update any changes to your contact information with your school by either using your Campus Parent App or contacting the school.  


    If you have a cellular telephone number already on file with us, you may text ALERT to 22300 to opt in for important text messages from your school and the district.


    Any changes to scheduled extracurricular and athletic events will be decided and communicated at the school level, and particularly for athletics, they may be affected by the decisions of any visiting schools.


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