Local school districts announce plans to reopen

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By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 12, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Keiser University has announced all campuses, including the online division, will reopen and resume classes on Wednesday.

The university urges students, faculty and staff to check the website at www.keiseruniversity.edu or call the emergency hotline at 1-877-353-4737 for further updates.

By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 11, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- After announcing closures due to Hurricane Irma, Leon County Schools has announced that classes will resume on Thursday, September 14.

We've also learned that Suwannee County Schools will be closed through Friday and will resume on Monday, September 18.

For a complete list of school closures, click HERE.

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 9, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State University has announced it is keeping its campus closed through this coming Friday, September 15, due to concerns about the impact of Hurricane Irma.

On Saturday, Thomas University in Thomasville also announced they will be closed through Friday.

Gadsden County has announced they will be closed until Wednesday.

FAMU has announced its campus will remain closed through Friday, as well.

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Leon County Schools have announced via a Facebook post that schools will be closed on Tuesday.

On Thursday night, Governor Rick Scott directed all public schools to be closed on Friday and Monday.

Florida State University will also be closed on Tuesday, according to a university alert.

Wakulla County Schools have also contacted WCTV to tell us they will be closed Tuesday.

According to the Tallahassee Community College website, TCC will be closed on Tuesday and will reopen Wednesday.

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Governor Rick Scott has directed all public K-12 schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices to close this Friday through Monday in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.

In a statement, Governor Scott said, "Today, I am directing the closure of all public schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices for their normal activities effective Friday through Monday, to ensure we have every space available for sheltering and staging. Floridians are facing a life-threatening storm in Hurricane Irma, and every family must prepare to evacuate. Our state’s public schools serve a vital role in our communities as shelters for displaced residents and staging areas for hurricane recovery efforts. Closing public schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices will provide local and state emergency officials the flexibility necessary to support shelter and emergency response efforts.”

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
September 6, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- As Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a State of Emergency in Florida to incite caution and preparation for Hurricane Irma, both FSU and FAMU have taken steps to advocate the course of action.

In a statement from FSU on Wednesday morning, the University continues to actively monitor the progress of Irma, and confirms that administrators will take appropriate action pending the warranting conditions. Although the storm’s exact path is currently uncertain, it is highly discouraged to travel to areas that may be directly affected. The FSU community is encouraged to continue to make necessary preparations, and future updates will be text messaged to students and posted at alerts.fsu.edu as they become available.

Concurrently, the FAMU Emergency Management Team is closely monitoring the University’s main and satellite campuses and facilities in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Brooksville, Jacksonville, and Crestview. The University is working directly with staff, faculty and students to announce and communicate any necessary closures or operational changes in preparation for the storm.

FAMU will immediately inform the campus community of any necessary directions, evacuations, operational changes, or closings, as well as services and resources being made available.

If there are any changes, the campus community will be notified via FAMUInfo@famu.edu, the text alert system, and the homepage link on www.FAMU.edu. Information will also be available through their recorded message line at (850) 412-7135.

On Thursday, Valdosta State University announced they will be closing beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday through 5 p.m. Tuesday due to the threat being posed by Irma. As of now, VSU will resume normal operations on Wednesday.

Schools in the southern part of the state are also keeping watch as Irma approaches. The University of Miami has cancelled classes through Sunday.

UCF has announced all classes on Thursday are cancelled and the campus will close on Friday throughout the weekend.

USF has cancelled classes and closed campuses, beginning on Thursday, to allow staff and students to prepare.

FIU cancelled classes for the remainder of the week on Tuesday night, while the university itself will close beginning Thursday.

FAU cancelled classes on Wednesday and will close its campus beginning on Thursday.

Here are a few Emergency preparedness tips that the State of Florida recommends:
• Stay alert to storm advisories (watch the news, listen to the radio, stay up-to-date online)
• Prepare and keep a disaster supply kit ready
• Stock up on water and non-perishable items
• Listen to the instruction of local officials
• Protect important documents

More preparation information is available at:

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