Tampa Bay schools close or shift to online learning due to Eta

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tropical Storm Eta is bringing strong winds and heavy rain to the Tampa Bay area Wednesday morning, causing a number of school cancellations and closures.

The following districts have been impacted:

Hillsborough County

Public school buildings will be closed Thursday and Friday, and all students will transition to remote learning. There will be no extracurricular activities on Thursday after school.

Pinellas County

Students will be dismissed early Wednesday. Schools will not hold classes on Thursday.

Dismissal times are as follows:

High school: 10 a.m. Wednesday
Elementary schools: 11 a.m. Wednesday
Middle schools: 12 p.m.

All after-school events for Wednesday and Thursday have been cancelled.

Highlands County

Highlands County Schools will be operating normally.

Sarasota County

Students will be dismissed two hours early on Wednesday. School will resume Thursday.

Pasco County

Students will be dismissed early on Wednesday and will not have classes on Thursday.

Dismissal times are as follows:

  • Schools that normally release during the 2 o’clock hour (most high schools) will release at 11 a.m.
  • Schools that normally release during the 3 o’clock hour (most middle schools) will release at noon.
  • Schools that normally release at the 4 o’clock hour (most elementary schools) will release at 1 p.m.
  • All district staff will be released by 2 p.m.

All after-school events for Wednesday and Thursday have been cancelled. Classes are expected to resume Friday.

Manatee County

Public school buildings will be closed on Thursday and Friday, and students will transition to remote learning.

Diocese of Venice

The Diocese of Venice closed its schools in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties on Wednesday.

Hernando County

All district and school sites will be closed Thursday. Activities scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday night are also cancelled.

Citrus County

Public school buildings will be closed Thursday and will reopen Friday.

Hardee County

Students in Hardee County will be dismissed two hours early on Wednesday. It’s not yet known whether schools will reopen on Thursday. The district will make a decision on Wednesday night.

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