While winters in South Carolina can be pretty mild, we do occasionally have inclement weather (snow, ice, bad storms).
The safety of our students, parents and staff is very important to us and we don’t want anyone driving to our martial arts classes if the situation might be unsafe.
I admit, there are times when this policy is overly cautious, but let me share a true story that happened to a friend of mine.
The weather reporters had called for a snow storm to start later in the day. My school owner friend was reluctant to cancel classes, because he didn’t want to upset his students or parents who might be disappointed his school was closed. So he kept his karate school open despite the forecast.
Sure enough, the snow started falling about a couple of hours before class and one of his students got into a very serious accident on the way to his dojo. The child and the parent were both injured pretty badly. Luckily they both recovered, but only after a few weeks of healing. When the parent was asked why he was out on the roads, when it had already started snowing pretty hard, he said he felt obligated to bring his child to attend class since the school was open.
Ever since then, my friend always cancels classes at the hint of bad weather.
For me personally, I would never want to jeopardize the safety of any of my students or parents, so I will always err on the side of caution.
So, if Richland School District 2 closes school or lets out early due to bad weather, you can assume SKS is closed.
In the event we have to close Samurai Karate Studio, we will always do our best to post an announcement to our Facebook SKS University Group and send an email.
Outside of the winter season, if we are under a severe tornado watch or a hurricane threatens, we would probably cancel classes then as well.