TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – School districts across Tampa Bay have announced closures ahead of Hurricane Nicole.
Nicole strengthened into a hurricane on Wednesday. The storm is forecast to approach Florida’s east coast late Wednesday into Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Schools in the area began announcing closures Tuesday morning, and below is a list of what is closed and when. This story will be updated as further information comes in to our newsroom.
Manatee County Schools and Support Sites, including Manatee Technical College will be closed on Thursday.
The school district said due to the accumulation of instructional time built in to the county’s academic calendar, there will be no make-up day needed.
Sarasota County Schools will be closed on Thursday and resume normal operations on Friday.
The school district said further updates about potential traditional public school closures will be sent if needed.
“If your child attends a charter school, please reach out directly to your school for updates about scheduling changes and/or potential closures,” the school district said on its website.
The Citrus County School District announced Wednesday afternoon that school will be closed Thursday. After-school programs and extra-curricular activities are canceled both Wednesday and Thursday.
Due to this closure, the last two half days before Christmas break, Dec. 21 and 22 will now be full days of school, according to the district.
Hillsborough County Public Schools will be closed Thursday due to impacts from Nicole.
“To preserve our Thanksgiving break, the make up day will be January 9th. Please remember Friday, November 11th there is already no school due to Veterans Day,” Superintendent Addison Davis tweeted Wednesday morning.
Pinellas County Schools and district offices will be closed Thursday and will reopen Friday.
All afterschool activities scheduled for Thursday will also be canceled.
The district will schedule a makeup day in the second semester that will be announced at a later time.
Polk County Public Schools and offices will be closed on Thursday due to forecasted wind speeds.
All after-school activities are canceled both Wednesday and Thursday.
Based on the current forecast, schools will be open on Wednesday.
The Hardee County School District will be closed Wednesday and Thursday ahead of Nicole.
The reopening of schools on Friday will be determined after the storm passes through the county on Thursday, according to Superintendent Bob Shayman.
All Hernando County public schools and district offices will be closed on Thursday. Schools will stay open on Wednesday.
The School Board of Highlands County announced there will be no school or school activities Wednesday or Thursday due to current wind predictions.
Schools are expected to be open for normal operations on Friday.
The Pasco County School District was the first to announce a closure. Pasco schools and offices will be closed Thursday due to the storm.
Before and after-school programs will be closed Wednesday and Thursday as well.
Pasco County Schools expects all schools and offices to reopen Friday, Nov. 11.
The one-week Thanksgiving break will not be affected and it has not been determined how and when the time will be made up.