All public schools, charter schools to close as Hurricane Lane nears

Lane 8/22 at 5 p.m.: Hurricane warning issued for Oahu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - All public schools and public charter schools across the state will be closed Thursday and Friday as Hurricane Lane approaches.

Most private schools have also announced they'll be closed, along with the University of Hawaii.

The state Department of Education made the announcement to close schools on Wednesday as Lane was churning closer to the islands.

"The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority as we prepare to weather this storm," said deputy Superintendent Phyllis Unebasami, in a statement. "The statewide closures of our campuses and offices will give our school communities time to prepare as the storm is anticipated to make landfall on Oahu Thursday evening, and Kauai on Friday. This will allow the counties to stand up emergency shelters for the public statewide."

All schools and offices are slated to reopen Monday.

Additionally, schools have already notified parents that all after-school activities and athletic events are also canceled through the weekend.

This story will be updated.

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