TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Hillsborough County schools will close on Monday so the county can prepare to use the buildings as shelters ahead of Hurricane Ian.
The school district announced that all schools will close Monday, Sept. 26 through Thursday, Sept. 29.
The district said school principals coordinate the opening of shelter sites, school bus drivers will help transport evacuees and student nutrition staff will prepare meals for those at the shelters.
The City of Tampa is opening 16 ‘Out of School Camp’ sites on Monday and Tuesday to assist families who are impacted by school closures. The following locations will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6p.m. for students in kindergarten through grade 12:
- Spring Hill Community Center (1000 E Eskimo Ave.)
- Rowlett Activity Center (2313 E Yukon Street)
- Forest Hills Community Center (724 W 109th Ave.)
- Copeland Community Center (11001 N 15th St.)
- Jackson Heights Community Center (3310 E Lake Ave.)
- Port Tampa Park Community Center (4702 W McCoy St.)
- Loretta Ingraham Center (1611 N Hubert Ave.)
- Cyrus Greene Center (2101 E Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.)
- Grant Park Community Center (3724 N 54th St.)
- Fair Oaks Community Center (5019 N 34th St.)
- Gwen Miller Community Center (6410 N 32nd St.)
- Benito Community Center (10065 Cross Creek Blvd.)
- DeSoto Park Center (2617 Corrine St.)
- P.A.L. (Police Athletic League) (1924 W. Diana St.)
- Kate Jackson Community Center (821 S Rome Ave.)
- Wellswood Community Center (4918 N Mendenhall Dr.)
Families must live within Tampa city limits to be eligible for the camps. Children planning to attend should bring snacks and a lunch.
At the time of publishing, Hillsborough County has not provided any details about when shelters will open on Monday. Plan ahead – click here to find your closest shelter.