TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Several school districts and universities in the Tampa Bay area have announced closures related to Hurricane Ian. This list will be updated as more locations announce closures as the storm approaches Florida.
In the general Tampa Bay area, all Catholic Schools and Early Learning Centers in the Diocese of St. Petersburg will be closed starting Sept. 27, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
All four IDEA Public School campuses, IDEA Victory Academy, IDEA Victory College Prep, IDEA Hope Academy, and IDEA Hope College Prep. are closed for Hurricane Ian, beginning Sept. 30, according to an announcement from the school system.
All Hernando schools and district offices will be closed Tuesday through Friday while officials prepare select school buildings as shelters. You can read more about these shelters here.
Hillsborough County schools will close on Monday so the county can prepare to use the buildings as shelters ahead of Tropical Storm Ian. All schools will close Monday, Sept. 26 through Thursday, Sept. 29.
The City of Tampa is opening 16 ‘Out of School Camp’ sites on Monday and Tuesday to assist families who are impacted by school closures. You can find a full list of those sites here.
Berkeley Preparatory School will also be closed through Sept. 30 following the evacuation order for Zone A in Hillsborough County. The school will inform parents, students, and staff later if they will be open Friday.
The Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa will be closed from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30, including classes, extracurricular programs and events.
The Stetson University College of Law Gulfport and Tampa Campuses will also close through Thursday, Sept. 29 due to the anticipated impacts of Hurricane Ian.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School will be closed until Sept. 29.
Schools will be closed Tuesday and Thursday.
Manatee County schools are open as usual on Monday, Sept. 26.
Pasco County Schools will close on Tuesday, Sept. 27 through Friday, Sept. 30.
Some Pinellas County schools will have early dismissal on Monday so the county can prepare to open them to the public as special needs shelters ahead of Ian.
The following Pinellas County schools will release students at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26:
- Palm Harbor University High School
- Dunedin Highland Middle School
- John Hopkins Middle School
All Pinellas County Schools will close on Tuesday, Sept. 27 and are scheduled to remain closed until Sept. 30. Extracurricular activities are also canceled.
Additionally, Canterbury School of Florida will close from Tuesday, Sept. 27 to Thursday, Sept. 29.
Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg announced it will close from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29, as Hurricane Ian continues toward Tampa Bay.
Polk County schools are open as usual on Monday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Sept. 27. On Sunday, the school district said after-school activities may be canceled on Tuesday. Schools will be closed Wednesday through Friday.
Sarasota County schools will be closed starting Tuesday out of caution for Hurricane Ian. This will also give them time to prepare facilities as emergency evacuation centers.
“As we continue monitoring Hurricane Ian’s track and potential impacts, residents are encouraged to review their emergency plans and prepare their go-kits,” said Jonathan Lewis, Sarasota County Administrator.
Colleges and Universities
University of South Florida
Classes at the University of South Florida are cancelled for most of this week. The university announced classes will be cancelled from Sept. 26 until Oct. 3.
University of Tampa
The University of Tampa will be closed beginning Monday, Sept. 26. The university expects to resume all campus operations by Monday, Oct. 3. The campus, including residence halls, could begin evacuating as early as Monday.
Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is moving classes online for all Florida locations ahead of the storm. According to a release from the university, “In addition to the residential campus in Pasco County, FL, this includes Florida locations in Tampa, at MacDill Air Force Base, on the Spring Hill, Brooksville, and New Port Richey campuses of Pasco-Hernando State College”.
Pasco-Hernando State College
The college is beginning operational closures Tuesday through Friday.
Nova Southeastern University
The Tampa Bay/Clearwater campus of NSU will close from Sept. 27 to Oct. 2, according to school officials. Classes and activities are expected to resume Oct. 3. The Fort Myers campus will also close.
Florida Southern College
Florida Southern College has canceled all classes from Sept. 26 to Sept. 30. Students living on campus may be required to move to an on-campus shelter. Food will be provided, but the college says options could be limited. For students living in college-owned houses, FSC asks them to relocate to the Branscomb auditorium at 5 p.m. on Sept. 27, and stay until the hurricane has passed.
St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg college will be closed from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30. All classes will be canceled and all areas on campus closed for potential impacts from Hurricane Ian.
South University – Tampa Campus
The South University campus in Tampa will close starting 5 p.m. on Sept. 26. University officials said the school will remain closed through Sept. 29.
Keiser University’s Sarasota, Tampa, Clearwater, New Port Richey, and Lakeland campuses will be closed from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29.