Hurricane Dorian: Tampa Bay school closures, cancellations

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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.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

PINELLAS COUNTY

POLK COUNTY

Polk County schools will resume as usual on Thursday, September 5.

PASCO COUNTY

HERNANDO COUNTY

Hernando County School District will close all schools Sept. 3. Classes will resume on Sept. 4.

CITRUS COUNTY

MANATEE COUNTY

SARASOTA COUNTY

HARDEE COUNTY

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.

HIGHLANDS COUNTY

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.

STETSON UNIVERSITY

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.

VALENCIA COLLEGE

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.

KEISER UNIVERSITY

This list will be updated as new information becomes available. Please check back for the latest updates.

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