The University of North Carolina Wilmington will stay closed to students another week, with classes not resuming until Oct. 8.
University officials announced the change Wednesday, a day after campus leaders had said they planned to restart classes Oct. 1.
In an email, Chancellor Jose Sartarelli wrote that ongoing repairs at two damaged residence halls -- Galloway Hall and Cornerstone Hall -- meant that not all students would have been able to return to campus.
“Over the past couple of days, we have been made aware of nearly a hundred additional off-campus students displaced by the storm and in need of housing assistance,” Sartarellie wrote. “In addition, as our employees have been able to return to Wilmington, they have discovered substantial damage to their homes – in some cases, total loss.”
Campus will now remain under Condition 3 emergency status until 6 a.m. Oct. 1, meaning employees will continue receiving pay while campus is closed.
Employees should return to campus Oct. 1.
Students will be able to return to residence halls Oct. 6.
Meanwhile, after initial assessments, the scope of damage to New Hanover County Schools’ buildings is greater than was originally thought after Hurricane Florence.
Due to this status and the need for more time to get the schools prepared, students will be allowed to return on Thursday, October 4, 2018.
Teachers, teacher assistants, and other 10-month employees will return on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.
The district had announced previously that teachers and 10-month employees could return tomorrow, September 27, 2018, however, more time is needed to prepare.