Here's how Tampa Bay area schools are handling Hurricane Irma
As Hurricane Irma roars toward Florida with Category 5 strength, school districts around the state are scrambling to put a plan in place to prepare.
The Monroe County school district, which includes the Florida Keys, announced schools will close Wednesday. Miami-Dade and Broward county schools will not have classes beginning Thursday, the Miami Herald reports. The Gradebook team will update this post with the latest information from Tampa Bay area school districts, so keep this page bookmarked.
School officials announcd late Tuesday that it would close all county schools on Thursday and Friday so that those facilities can prepare to receive evacuees from all over the state as Hurricane Irma approaches. All after-school activities were also cancelled on those days.
Pinellas: District officials announced at noon that schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday. "Although the exact trajectory of the storm and impact on our region remains uncertain, our community's preparedness and the safety of our employees and families are the priority. For this reason, schools and district offices will be closed on Thursday Sept 7, 2017, and Friday Sept. 8, 2017."
Hillsborough: The district has announced that all schools will be closed Thursday and Friday in order to prepare storm shelters as they are needed for Irma.
Pasco: "All Pasco schools will be open on Thursday. All Pasco schools will be closed on Friday due to the opening of shelters on Friday morning." Here's the message superintendent Kurt Browning recorded for parents:
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Brevard County public schools will be closed Thursday and Friday and then until further notice as Hurricane Irma threatens Florida. Volusia and Osceola County's public schools will be closed Friday and Monday, the the districts announced today.
For families with children with autism, this social story provided by the University of Central Florida's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities may help explain the hurricane.