PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — All public schools in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties will be closed over the coming days because of the threat of Hurricane Ian.
PALM BEACH COUNTY
The School District of Palm Beach County said all district-operated schools and offices are closed Wednesday and Thursday, and all after-school activities, including sports, school meetings, and leases, are canceled.
There are no reports of heavy damage to any of the 180 district-operated campuses. Assessment teams will inspect schools once the threat of tropical storm force winds is over.
Superintendent Mike Burke will work with county, state, and federal management officials to determine when it's safe for schools and district offices to reopen.
BREAKING: @pbcsd will not have school tomorrow. The district says currently there are no initial reports of heavy damage on any of the 180 District-operated campuses. Assessment teams will inspect schools once the threat of tropical storm force winds is gone. @WPTV @FOX29WFLX pic.twitter.com/wm8z3rV6G3— Stephanie Susskind (@StephanieWPTV) September 28, 2022
The district, at this point, is not opening any school-based shelters.
Because of inclement weather and difficult travel conditions, the School District of Palm Beach County has canceled a College and Career Fair that was scheduled for Wednesday at the South Florida Fairgrounds near West Palm Beach.
The event has been rescheduled for Nov. 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fairgrounds.
The Martin County School District said all district-operated schools and facilities will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.
In addition, all extracurricular activities, events, athletics, and other programs have been canceled on Wednesday and Thursday.
Martin County public schools will not be opening as shelters at this time.
🌀EYE ON THE STORM🌀— Martin County School District (@MCSDFlorida) September 27, 2022
HURRICANE IAN UPDATE: 9/27/22 - 12:20 p.m.
All @MCSDFlorida -operated schools and facilities will be closed September 28 and 29, 2022.
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ST. LUCIE COUNTY
All St. Lucie County public schools and district offices will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. The district anticipates it will reopen on Friday.
St. Lucie Public Schools has canceled its annual College Fair, which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday evening at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce.
The event has not been rescheduled yet.
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
The School District of Indian River County will close all schools and cancel all extracurricular activities on Wednesday and Thursday.
The district will make a decision by 12 p.m. Thursday about whether schools will reopen on Friday.
The Indian River County Emergency Management Department will decide if any school-based shelters will open. Should shelters open, all impacted employees assigned to serve in shelters will be notified.
Hurricane Ian Update. Please remember to check our website at https://t.co/lwAGvkTMe6, & click the "Weather Update" page in the gallery to access up to date information posted in collaboration with our IRC Emergency Services Department. pic.twitter.com/GlbacBdCiJ— Indian River Schools (@IRCSchools) September 27, 2022
Okeechobee County public schools will be closed for the rest of the week.
Dylan Tedders, the assistant superintendent of the Okeechobee County School District, said that to assure the safety of everyone, all schools will be closed Wednesday through Friday.
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Elsewhere in South Florida, Miami-Dade Public Schools and Broward County Public Schools will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.