School employees shift into storm mode
Here are the stats, released Friday afternoon, on the Hillsborough County School District's role in preparations for Hurricane Irma:
63 schools are available as potential shelters if activated by Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center.
15 schools are open now or will soon be open as shelters.
Approx. 1,200 district employees are working or on standby to assist in managing shelters and feeding evacuees
50 school buses were deployed with volunteer drivers to evacuate people with special needs. These buses will be on the road continuously, rotating in fresh drivers.
59,500 gallons of milk is being delivered by Student Nutrition Services staff as part of an effort to feed up to 34,000 meals each day to evacuees.
Schools around the state will remain closed until at least after Monday, under orders from Gov. Rick Scott.
Separately, the Hillsborough district suggested this collection of material for people concerned about helping their children cope with the storm.