Schools announce closures for Hurricane Matthew

Schools and universities have started announcing campus closures in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, expected to bring heavy rain and wind to Central Florida starting on Thursday.

School closures will be posted below when they are announced. Check back for updates.

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Brevard

  • All four Eastern Florida State College campuses will be closed Thursday through Sunday due to Hurricane Matthew.
  • Brevard Public Schools to be closed due to extreme weather conditions according to a news release from the school. BPS has just completed its EOC policy meeting.
    Superintendent Desmond Blackburn has declared that all BPS will be closed both Thursday and Friday due to inclement weather. All school-associated activities will be canceled throughout the weekend as well.
    School will remain open Wednesday. All after-school activities, except after school care, which will close at 6 p.m., are canceled.
    The school district will work with local agencies to monitor the storm’s progress to determine when it is safe to resume classes.
    For updates on the storm’s progress and for shelter information, please visit embrevard.com or follow @BrevardEOC on Twitter, like “Brevard County Emergency Management” on Facebook, or sign up for text messages (Text: “Follow BrevardEOC” to 40404).
  • All Florida Institute of Technology classes are canceled and normal operations suspended Thursday and Friday.

Flagler

  • Flagler County Schools has canceled all afterschool events on Wednesday, but extended day programs will continue. All classes and school activities for Thursday and Friday have been canceled.
    Visit the school’s website for more information.

Lake

  • No closures announced yet. School officials say several of the schools could be used as safety shelters. District and county officials will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday to give update regarding school closures.
    Visit the school’s website for more information

Marion

  • MCPS is monitoring Hurricane Matthew. Any school decisions are forthcoming and will be shared on the school’s website, via Skylert phone messaging, and Twitter @MarionCountyK12.

Orange

  • Orange County Public Schools will close if wind gusts are at 35 mph, making it unsafe for school buses to operate. School and after-school activities will go on as scheduled Wednesday.  The district will make a decision about school operations for Thursday by midday Wednesday
  • No official closures have been announced yet. Officials will update the School Alert section on ocps.net with updates.

Osceola

  • All Osceola County school district schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday, including after school activities.
  •  Visit www.osceolaschools.net, or call the district’s Community Relations Office at 407-870-4007 for updated information.

Seminole

  • All Seminole Thursday night football games will be rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5, according to Seminole County Public Schools.
    SCPS will announce school closures by Wednesday at noon.
  • Visit the school website for updates

Sumter

  • No closures announced yet. Visit the school’s website for more information.

Volusia

  • School has been canceled in Volusia County for Thursday and Friday, including after school/athletic events. Wednesday remains under normal operations, including athletic events and extended day.
  • Visit the school website for updates.

Colleges

  • UCF: UCF Cocoa and Palm Bay campuses will close Wednesday at noon. Students and faculty will receive a text alert and can follow updates at today.ucf.edu.
  • The UCF vs. Tulane game has been postponed until Nov. 5, according to a UCF Knights tweet.
  • Bethune Cookman University issued a mandatory evacuation on Wednesday, saying all classes will be suspended Wednesday at noon. Students must evacuate residence halls by 6 p.m. on Wednesday and if unable to evacuate, they will be assigned an on-campus shelter.
  • Rollins College has canceled classes Thursday and Friday. The college will close its normal operations at noon Thursday and at 5 p.m. Thursday anyone choosing to remain on campus should be advised sheltering-in-place may be mandated for the duration of the storm. More info.
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University announced it will cancel classes at the Daytona Beach campus beginning at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew.
    The Daytona Beach campus headquarters building and university administrative offices will close at 2 p.m. Thursday, and the campus will remain closed Friday. There is no scheduled evacuation of the campus at this time. Residence halls will remain staffed and open until further notice.
    All homecoming activities, including the Industry/Career Expo, scheduled for Thursday and Friday are officially canceled. Saturday homecoming events are still being evaluated.
  • Barry University School of Law will close at noon on Wednesday. Barry Law students and employees should monitor the barry.edu/prepare website, our Emergency Hotline at 305-899-4000.
  • All Seminole State College campuses will be closed from 10 p.m. Wednesday until midnight on Sunday. Students can call the Emergency Hotline at 407-708-2290 for updated information.
  • Stetson University classes are canceled starting Wednesday at noon on DeLand and Celebration campuses.

[Source:-WKMG Orlando]

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