Pinellas County Schools will be closed on Thursday for Tropical Storm Nicole but will reopen Friday. All after-school activities scheduled for Thursday will also be canceled.
“At this time, the National Weather Service expects Pinellas County to experience tropical storm force winds Thursday morning, when our students and staff members would be traveling to school and work,” the district said in an announcement.
“Bridges may be closed during the morning commute hours, and Pinellas may experience localized power outages. Although meteorologists do expect our area to clear in the afternoon, morning weather conditions may not allow students and staff to travel safely.”
The district will have to schedule a make-up date to satisfy the state requirement for instructional hours. No decision has been made yet about the make-up date, which will happen in the second semester.
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