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A sign inside Durant High in Plant City indicates in English and Spanish that the Hillsborough County shelter accepts pets as the Tampa Bay area prepared for Hurricane Ian on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Area shelters began to empty Thursday morning as the storm passed without causing major damage in the Tampa Bay area.
District leaders said Hurricane Ian’s limited impact left plenty of time to prepare.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
A school mental health expert says to let them know what’s happening, keep a routine and stay calm.
Area officials say they hope to resume classes on Monday, but make no promises.

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  1. Several Pinellas County schools opened as hurricane shelters on Tuesday. They expect to resume classes on Monday.
  2. A sign inside Durant High in Plant City indicates in English and Spanish that the Hillsborough County shelter accepts pets as the Tampa Bay area prepared for Hurricane Ian on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Area shelters began to empty Thursday morning as the storm passed without causing major damage in the Tampa Bay area.
  3. Tropical Storm Ian is moving across central Florida Thursday and is expected to make it's way of the east coast, toward Georgia and the Carolinas, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  4. Workers scrub a Wesley Chapel High School classroom after Hurricane Irma evacuees left the campus, which was one of several in Pasco County used as an emergency shelter during the 2017 storm.
  5. From left to right: Workers D Bowls and John Nelson unload a pallet of bottled water as Magdalia Nieves, 44 and John Dejesus, 15, bring their belongings inside one of Hillsborough County’s pet-friendly shelters in preparation for Hurricane Ian at Durant High in Plant City on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
  6. Headed to a school-based hurricane shelter? Be sure to bring your bedding, food and other basic supplies, as these evacuees from Hurricane Irma did in 2017.
  7. Ralph Puglisi, center, left the federal courthouse in Tampa flanked by his two lawyers on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, after pleading guilty to embezzling $12.8 million from a nonprofit company affiliated with the University of South Florida. On Monday, Sept. 26, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  8. As the hurricane approaches, ”have a plan and review that plan with your children,” says Michael Kelleher, supervisor of clinical care for the Hillsborough County School District. “Let them know how you’re keeping your family safe.”
  9. Hurricane Ian formed overnight Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters say the storm could be a major hurricane by Monday night.
  10. The Pinellas County school district will close some schools early Monday as it prepares for an expected hurricane.
  11. 5th grade teacher Tyler Faulkner was arrested by New Port Richey police Thursday after he was accused of abusing a student. He was placed on paid administrative leave by Pasco County Schools.
  12. An aerial view of the Florida A&M University campus in Tallahassee.
  13. Students are evacuated by police out of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
  14. Ralph Puglisi, center, leaves the federal courthouse in Tampa on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, after he pleaded guilty to embezzling $12.8 million from a nonprofit company affiliated with the University of South Florida. Puglisi was flanked by lawyers Anthony Rickman, left, and Nicholas Glance. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022.
  15. President Joe Biden speaks as Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona looks on after Biden announced a federal student loan relief plan on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
  16. Gov. Ron DeSantis shows an image from the children’s book Call Me Max by transgender author Kyle Lukoff moments before signing the Parental Rights in Education bill in March. Critics say DeSantis should spend more time supporting public education than creating divisive policies.
  17. The Hillsborough County School Board decided to retain its sex education curriculum despite a push to remove portions providing detailed descriptions. [Shutterstock]
  18. Social conservatives objected to lessons that Hillsborough school district leaders said were developed in accordance with state law and that emphasize abstinence to prevent pregnancy and disease.
  19. USF football fans may soon be cheering for the Bulls on campus.
  20. A Pasco County mom went to federal court to ensure her children could attend Cypress Creek High School (shown) after the superintendent reassigned them over the mom's actions. [Times (2017)]
  21. Pasco County parent Rebecca Yuengling tells the School Board on Feb. 1, 2022, that she believes her daughter's rights were violated when the district reassigned her to a different school because of her mother's actions.
  22. A KC-135 refueling aircraft flies over the Dale Mabry entrance of Macdill Air Force Base while coming in for a landing on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Tampa. The University of South Florida and MacDill announced a new partnership this week.
  23. Carson Senfield, a student at the University of Tampa who graduated from Orchard Park High School in New York, was fatally shot early Saturday morning.
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