Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus school districts all closed Friday for Hurricane Matthew
In anticipation of Category 4-force winds and rain downpours, Tampa Bay school districts have canceled school on Friday, resulting in a third school day lost this year to a hurricane.
Here's what you need to know for each school district:
All Hillsborough County Schools will be closed Friday under direction of the state, as some schools will be used as shelters to help evacuees from neighboring counties. After-school activities and night school are still scheduled for Thursday night, and athletic events scheduled for Friday evening have not been canceled, but are awaiting a future update.
The Pinellas County school district is working closely with the Pinellas County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service to monitor weather conditions, and therefore all schools and district offices will be closed Friday. School activities scheduled for Thursday are not canceled unless otherwise announced by the school principal. All school-related activities for Friday are canceled, including high school football games, which have been rescheduled for Saturday. Information about the Manatee at Palm Harbor University game is to be announced.
Pasco County Schools and the PLACE child care program will be closed Friday as well, as it's possible Dade City and Zephyrhills will experience sustained winds of 40 miles per hour or higher during the day. All after-school activities scheduled for Friday are also canceled, including homecoming football games. Saturday's homecoming dances have not been canceled. Thursday's after-school activities have not been canceled, as storm-force winds are expected later in the evening. According to the Pasco County school district's website, officials believe a makeup day will not be necessary.
Hernando County Schools has also canceled school Friday. All after-school events on Thursday and Friday have been canceled as well.
Citrus County schools will also be closed on Friday.