Pinellas County Schools Closed, Shelters Open Tropical Storm Ian Hurricane

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Some Pinellas County schools will be released early Monday so the county can prepare to open them to the public as emergency shelters ahead of Tropical Storm Ian.

The following Pinellas County schools will be releasing students on Monday, September 26 at 12:30 p.m.:

  • Palm Harbor University High School
  • Dunedin Highland Middle School
  • John Hopkins Middle School

Other schools will remain open on Monday during their normal opening hours. Extracurricular activities are canceled to allow families to prepare for the storm and school staff to man shelters.

All Pinellas County schools will close Tuesday, September 27th and are expected to remain closed through Thursday, September 29th. The school district plans to keep students and families updated via email, text messages, and recorded phone messages, as well as information posted on the district’s website and social media.

Special needs accommodation will open on Monday 26 September at 6pm. Anyone requiring transportation to these shelters is asked to contact the county information center at 727-464-4333. Deaf or hard of hearing residents can contact the information center via chat.

Two more shelters will open to the public on Monday at 6 p.m.:

  • Ross Norton Recreation Center (1426 S MLK Jr Ave, Clearwater, FL)
  • Lealman Exchange (5175 45th St N, St Petersburg)

More emergency shelters will open on Tuesday morning. The county said residents should finalize their shelter or evacuation plans and are encouraged to begin evacuation on Monday.

More information is expected to be announced at a press conference on Monday. Pinellas County Schools Closed, Shelters Open Tropical Storm Ian Hurricane

Russell Falcon

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