PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — As school districts across the Tampa Bay area plan to shut their doors Thursday in anticipation of Tropical Storm Nicole, parents in Pinellas County were left wondering if their local schools will follow suit.

By 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, parents got their answer. Officials with Pinellas County Schools announced all schools and district offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 10, and will reopen Friday, Nov. 11.

All afterschool activities scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10 were also canceled, however, events scheduled for Nov. 9 and 11 will occur as scheduled.

“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 a news release. “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.”

As a result of the school closure, the district said it will have to schedule a make-up date to meet statutorily required instructional hours. Information on a make-up date will be announced at a later time.

The district said all updates, including up-to-date school closure information, will be shared via:

  • A recorded phone message to all employees and families,
  • An email message to all employees and families,
  • A text message to all registered users (opt-in by texting YES to 67587)
  • The district’s website:
  • The district’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, and
  • With local TV, radio, print, and online news outlets

An Emergency Information Phone Line can be reached by dialing (727) 588-6424. Call the Emergency Information Phone Line to hear a recorded update.

The district added all activities scheduled for this evening will take place as planned.

Information on changes to specific extracurricular activities will be shared directly by each school.