Isaac: School closures, information for the Bay area

Last Updated: Sunday, August 26, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT
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As Tropical Storm Isaac continues to threaten the Bay area, Bay News 9 is working to compile the most up-to-date information for school closures and preparation information.

Manatee County

Manatee Co. Schools Statement:

All public schools in the Manatee County School District will be closed on Monday due to the threat posed by Isaac.

All students and employees of the school district are advised to take precautions and stay home until the threat has passed.

Three Manatee District Schools have been designated emergency shelters and will open at 10 a.m. Sunday:

Nolan Middle School

  • 6615 Greenbrook Blvd.  
  • Bradenton, FL.
  • (Special Needs)
  • (Pet Friendly)

Manatee High School

  • 1000 32nd Street West, Bradenton, FL (Pet Friendly)

Braden River High School

  • 6545 S R 70 East, Bradenton, FL

Monday's school closings in Manatee County include all before and after-school activities, athletic practices and games and a regularly scheduled meeting of the Manatee County School Board.

School District officials will continue to work with Manatee County Emergency Management officials to determine if additional shelters will need to be opened and if school closings will be extended to Tuesday, August 28th.

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Saint Joseph Catholic School Statement:

Dear Saint Joseph Families,

Saint Joseph Catholic School will be closed on Monday, August 24th, due to severe weather. Please watch your local news for information on further closings. Remember if Manatee County schools are closed then SJCS is closed. Prayers of safe keeping to all.

Principal Kellie Potter, Ed.S.

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Saint Stephen's Episcopal School Statement:

Saint Stephen's Episcopal School will be closed for school on Monday due to Isaac. As of now, school will resume on Tuesday; however, we are watching the storm closely and may choose to extend the closure should we deem it necessary.

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State College of Florida Statement:

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) offices will close and all classes and other activities at SCF Bradenton, SCF Venice, and SCF Lakewood Ranch and all other locations have been canceled Monday, August 27, due to Hurricane Isaac, announced SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.

Only essential personnel for emergency operations as authorized by President Hafner or the SCF Critical Incident Management Team will be allowed on campuses during the mandatory shutdown.

Classes and all regular college activities are expected to resume their normal schedule Tuesday, August 28. Any change in the resumption of classes will be announced by SCF officials on the SCF website at scf.edu, the SCF Facebook page, the local news media, and through emergency communications channels.

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Hillsborough County

All Hillsborough County Public Schools and district offices will be closed on Monday due to the threat posed by Isaac. Stay tuned for an update regarding Tuesday.

University of Tampa:

"Emergency Operations Team continues to monitor Isaac. For updates: http://www.ut.edu/weather"

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Hillsborough County Public Schools Statement:

"Parents will be notified via ParentLink, Twitter, Facebook, our website, and the news media about any news related to Tropical Storm Isaac and schools. For multiple sources of weather information, visit our weather page."

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Pinellas County

Pinellas County Schools Statement:

If a decision needs to be made regarding school closure, it will likely be made Sunday. This is highly dependent upon the storm’s forecast over the weekend.

Weather-related closures will be communicated a few ways:

  • Emergency Information Phone Line: (727) 588-6424. Recorded information will be available on this phone line.
  • Phone message sent out via School Messenger
  • E-mail message to all employees
  • Information posted on www.PCSB.org
  • Information will be posted on WPDS-Ch. 14 (located on Bright House Networks Ch. 614, Knology Ch. 14 and Verizon Ch. 46)
  • Information will be shared with local TV, radio, print and online news outlets

Storm-related online resources:

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Pasco County

Statement by Pasco County Schools:

We want to assure all employees that we have been working closely with county officials and will continue to monitor the situation throughout the weekend.  The most recent weather update indicates that the storm moved slightly west last night. 

Any decisions that need to be made about school operations will be made with the most updated information possible on Sunday.  If school operations will be impacted, we will contact all parents and employees via our automated telephone system. 

We will also be posting weather information on our District website, our Twitter feed and through local media outlets. As always, the safety of our students and employees will be our primary concern.

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Polk County

Statement from Fred Murphy, Assistant Superintendent for Polk County Public Schools:

In an effort to keep you informed, we are sending this message to advise you that we are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac and are in constant communication with our partners at the Polk County Emergency Operations Center.

At this point, it is too early to make predictions. However, should the need arise to take action such as the cancellation of school, we will send out information in a variety of ways including messages such as this and to the news media.

You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and check our district website.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and support and please be assured that we will continue to keep you informed should the weather warrant such action.

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Hernando County

Hernando County School Board:

Please pay close attention to the media this weekend. There is a possibility that school may be interrupted next week. Alerts will go out through the media. Radio or TV messages will give the most up to date information. We will make a decision as early as possible to prevent problems, but it is important to be prepared.

For the latest information on Tropical Storm Isaac, please monitor www.hernandosheriff.org/em"

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Citrus County

Nothing to report.

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Sarasota County

Sarasota Co. Public Schools

All Sarasota Co. public schools will be closed Monday.

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Ringling

Ringling College has issued a mandatory evacuation by Sunday for all students. Classes are canceled Monday and Tuesday.

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Keiser / Everglades Sarasota

Due to inclement weather, Keiser University & Everglades University's Sarasota ground campuses will be closed for STUDENTS Monday, August 27th for day and evening classes. Everglades University staff and faculty may be asked to report should the weather permit. 

There is no disruption to online classes and all online faculty should plan for normal activity.

The Everglades University Sarasota campus will re-open for regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday, August 28th.

We will keep students, faculty and staff informed with updated information via this emergency notification service, the website: www.evergladesuniversity.edu and the emergency hotline at 1-877-353-4737.