TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Schools are beginning to make preparations in case Hurricane Dorian has a direct impact on the Tampa Bay area.
As of Friday, the storm is forecast to make landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, but its potential impact on Tampa Bay remains unknown.
While most schools say they are just monitoring the storm, some have already announced cancellations and closures.
Scroll down to see whether your child’s school district has made any scheduling changes.
Polk County schools will resume as usual on Thursday, September 5.
Hernando County School District will close all schools Sept. 3. Classes will resume on Sept. 4.
Hardee County School District has canceled school on Sept. 3.
“In cooperation with the Hardee County EOC and the National Hurricane Center, it has been decided that Hardee County is out of the cone of uncertainty and we will continue to have clear weather as the storm begins to move northwest and then track to the northeast within the next 24-36 hours. Due to this forecast, the Hardee County School District will reopen for business on Wednesday, September 4,” said Bob Shayman, Deputy Superintendent at Hardee County School District.
The School Board of Highlands County said schools will be closed and all extracurricular activities are canceled on Tuesday, Sept. 3 and Wednesday, Sept. 4. Classes will resume on Thursday, Sept. 5.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA
The University of Tampa will be fully operational, Wednesday, Sept. 4, including classes, activities, events and services.
While the University’s Emergency Operations Team continues to monitor Dorian’s northern path along the east coast of Florida, local authorities have reported that no flooding or surge impact is expected for Hillsborough County with the current storm path. Wind gusts will be similar to typical summer thunderstorms as rain bands pass through the Tampa Bay area.
HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE
PASCO-HERNANDO STATE COLLEGE
All five of Pasco-Hernando State College campuses will be closed Sept. 3 and Sept. 4. Normal operations will resume on Sept. 5, unless otherwise noted.
POLK STATE COLLEGE
Polk State College will be closed from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4.
The NWS indicates Volusia County is expecting high winds and rain from today, 6 p.m., through Wednesday, 8 p.m.
DeLand campus — remains closed through Thursday.
Center at Celebration — continuing to evaluate best date to re-open.
Gulfport/Tampa — plans to re-open on Thursday, Sept. 5.
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
The university will remain closed through at least Thursday, Sept. 5.
FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE
Florida Southern College will have classes are canceled the week of September 2nd, including online and graduate. All classes at Florida Southern will resume on Monday, Sept. 9th.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
GANNON UNIVERSITY RUSKIN CAMPUS
FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY
Saint Leo University has announced several campus closures ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Below are the scheduled closures:
- University Campus: Classes canceled Tuesday, Sept. 3 and Wednesday, Sept. 4. Classes resume Sept 5.
- East Pasco Education Center: Classes canceled through Wednesday, Sept. 4.
- Gainesville Education Center: Classes canceled through Tuesday, Sept. 3.
- Jacksonville Education Center: Classes canceled through Wednesday, Sept. 4.
- Lake City Education Offices: Classes canceled through Tuesday, Sept. 3.
- Lakeland Education Center: Classes canceled through Tuesday, Sept. 3.
- MacDill Education Center: Classes canceled through Tuesday, Sept. 3.
- Mayport Education Offices: Classes canceled. Please check back for updates regarding reopening.
- Ocala Education Center: Classes canceled through Tuesday, Sept. 3.
- Savannah Education Center: Classes canceled for Tuesday, Sept. 3 and Wednesday, Sept. 4.
- Tampa Education Center: Classes canceled through Tuesday, Sept. 3.
This list will be updated as new information becomes available. Please check back for the latest updates.
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