All but 20 public schools in Baltimore County will open Wednesday

Those still without power will remain closed

all high schools open

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August 30, 2011

After a two-day delay because of power outages caused by Hurricane Irene, most Baltimore County Public Schools will open the 2011-12 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Those schools will open on time and with a normal schedule.

"It's time to get back to school," said Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Joe Hairston, in a statement.

All Baltimore County high schools will open as scheduled on Wednesday.

However, as of late Tuesday, three middle schools and 17 elementary schools still had no power and will remain closed on Wednesday, as follows.

Middle schools remaining CLOSED are:

• Lansdowne

• Parkville

• Ridgely

Elementary schools remaining CLOSED are:

• Chadwick

• Featherbed Lane

• Fifth District

• Fort Garrison

• Imagine Discovery Public Charter

• Johnnycake

• Oakleigh

• Pinewood

• Pot Springs

• Riderwood

• Ridge Ruxton

• Rodgers Forge

• Seneca

• Timonium

• Victory Villa

• West Towson

• Winand

Hairston said that while some schools are without power, the system had made, "tremendous progress in getting power turned back on. … I appreciate the patience and understanding of parents, students, and staff across Baltimore County."

Hairston said he and his staff would continue to work to open the remaining schools without electric power.

As a result of the storm on Sunday, as many as 65 of Baltimore County's 173 schools, centers, and programs had experienced electrical outages.

In addition, officials said buses stranded in bus lots blocked by debris, and widespread school telephone and Internet failures further complicated the decision to keep schools closed Monday and Tuesday.

"The Board has been kept apprised of the complexity of the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and the storm's impact on the opening of schools," said Lawrence Schmidt, president of the county Board of Education. "We support the decisions made by Dr. Hairston, working collaboratively with his staff, county officials and BGE, to ensure the safety of our students and teachers."

NOTE: This story has been updated to add one additional school that will be closed Aug. 31: Imagine Discovery Public Charter

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