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Pasco parents shouldn't expect an early decision on school for Friday



Pasco County school officials took some heat for waiting several hours longer than their neighbors to decide to cancel Thursday classes, in advance of Tropical Storm Hermine.

That's not deterring them from taking a wait-and-see approach to Friday's classes.

"We're going to get a briefing at 5:30 p.m. specifically for schools," superintendent Kurt Browning told the Gradebook. "At that point I'll be ready to make a decision."

A morning storm update indicated that winds and rain are likely to pick up mid-afternoon, seeming to justify the current closures, Browning said. Children would be going home at that time, and having buses on the roads could be unsafe.

But as Hermine continues to track further north, he added, the district might be able to return to regular business Friday morning. If there's localized flooding, it shouldn't hinder operations, Browning said.

For now, though, it's just too soon to tell. Browning said families should expect a message once a decision is reached, around dinner time.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2016 10:13am]


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