Having closed their campuses for Tuesday, school leaders across the Tampa Bay area turned their attention to the rest of the week as Hurricane Dorian lingered off the Florida coast.
The storm’s slow pace and extreme force — combined with uncertainty over its exact path — didn’t make the decision any easier. But the situation has become clearer over the last 24 hours.
The Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando county school districts plan to reopen Wednesday, with Hillsborough delaying “an official announcement” until Tuesday.
Some schools, including Pasco-Hernando State College and St. Leo University, already had decided to close Wednesday. The University of Central Florida will remain closed through Thursday. And while the University of Florida will reopen its campuses Wednesday, classes won’t resume until Thursday.
As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, here’s a look at the latest information from local school systems, colleges and universities, as well as the state’s largest universities:
Hillsborough County public schools
No classes Tuesday, but the district hopes to reopen Wednesday. A final announcement is expected by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Pinellas County public schools
No classes on Tuesday, but the district will reopen Wednesday. Officials released the following statement at 5:30 p.m. Monday:
"At this time, the Emergency Operations Center has indicated that we will not have to open shelters and that expected weather conditions will allow us to open schools on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Schools will be open Wednesday, Sept. 4 as normal and school-related activities will resume as normal.
“We will continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Dorian and ask our families and employees to do the same. We will provide an additional update Tuesday afternoon/early evening.”
Pasco County public schools
The latest from the district’s Twitter feed:
“We will re-open on Wednesday, September 4th. If anything changes with respect to being open Wednesday, we will send out a message and post information on social media.”
Hernando County public schools
Diocese of St. Petersburg schools
The diocese’ Monday update said the following:
“Based on the latest forecast, Catholic schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg intend to be open and resume regular operations on Tuesday, September 3, following the Labor Day holiday. However, in some isolated cases, individual Catholic schools and Early Childhood Centers will be closed. Parents should follow their child’s school communications for more information. We will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Dorian and make changes, if necessary."
Click here for updates. Another update was expected at 6 p.m. Monday.
University of South Florida
No classes Tuesday, but the university will reopen on Wednesday. Its Monday update stated the following:
“Based on the most recent forecast, all USF campuses and facilities will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Regular class schedules and normal business operations will resume on Wednesday.”
St. Petersburg College
Hillsborough Community College
No classes Tuesday, but the school will reopen Wednesday. For updates, follow the school’s Hawk Alert system, and to make sure their contact information is current.
Pasco-Hernando State College
The college announced the following on Friday afternoon, and that direction has not changed:
“Due to the anticipated inclement weather conditions of Hurricane Dorian, all PHSC campuses will be closed Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4. Normal operations are expected to resume on Thursday, September 5, unless otherwise notified. Please note, all Saturday classes (Porter Campus and Fire and Law Enforcement Academies at East Campus) scheduled for August 31 will run as scheduled.”
University of Tampa
No classes, athletic events or other activities on Tuesday. But the school said it will be “fully operational” on Wednesday. All classes, activities, events and services will go on as normal.
Monday was the first day of the fall semester at Eckerd and “college operations are normal," according to an updated statement. No further updates were expected, meaning the school planned to stay open until further notice. Staff and students can stay current at the school’s emergency preparedness page or follow @eckerdcs.
Stetson University College of Law
St. Leo University
“Classes are canceled at Saint Leo University’s main campus through Wednesday, September 4,” the university said in a statement. "Also canceled are classes at the East Pasco Education Center (including those at the university’s Pasco-Hernando State College education offices) through Wednesday, September 4.
“The university anticipates resuming all normal operations at University Campus on Wednesday, September 4, with the exception of classes, which will resume on Thursday, September 5.”
For updates, including the latest on St. Leo’s campuses outside the Tampa Bay area, visit the university’s weather advisory , page.
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
Classes on the Gainesville campus are canceled Tuesday and Wednesday, but the campus will reopen on Wednesday. The school will return to normal operations on Thursday.
The announcement from UF reads in part:
"Out of concern for students who may need to travel back to Gainesville or who are assisting family members who may be affected by the hurricane, classes at the University of Florida’s campus in Gainesville will be canceled on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
"However, the campus will re-open on Wednesday, Sept. 4, on a normal operating schedule for all facilities, including the Reitz Student Union, RecSports, libraries and dining facilities. All Gainesville campus faculty, staff and other paid employees should report to work per their normal Wednesday schedule. Employees, including student and research assistants, who are out of town and will not be able to work as scheduled should let their supervisors know in keeping with normal practice.
“Classes will resume on Thursday, Sept. 5.”
Florida State University
The university’s message to students and faculty remained the same on Tuesday: “The Florida State University main campus is open and fully operational.” However, the FSU College of Medicine Regional Medical Campuses in Daytona Beach and Fort Pierce were set to close Friday at 5 p.m. and remain closed through Tuesday.