Pinellas County Schools announces school closings ahead of Tropical Storm Ian

LARGO — The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and Pinellas County Emergency Management will be activating shelters in preparation for TS/Hurricane Ian. Special needs shelters will open at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, and additional shelters will open Tuesday morning. Because district buildings are utilized as shelters for our community, this will impact school district operations.

To support readiness at sites designated as special needs shelters, the following schools will release students early at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26: Palm Harbor University High School, Dunedin Highland Middle School and John Hopkins Middle School. All other schools and offices will be open on Monday, Sept. 26. with regular operating hours. After-school activities on Monday, Sept. 26, will be canceled so families may make preparations and school personnel may prepare to open and staff shelters.

All Pinellas County Schools and offices will be CLOSED Tuesday, Sept. 27, and are tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, Oct. 3. All sports and extracurricular activities will also be canceled during that time.

They will continue monitoring the storm and its impact on Pinellas County. All updates will be shared using the following methods:

  • A recorded phone message to all employees and families
  • Email message to all employees and families
  • Text message to all registered users (opt-in by texting YES to 67587)
  • Information posted on the district website:
  • Information will be shared with local TV, radio, print and online news outlets
  • Information posted on district’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts
  • Emergency Information Phone Line: (727) 588-6424. Call the Emergency Information Phone Line to hear a recorded update.

For storm shelter and preparation information, please visit or call the County Information Center at 727-464-4333.

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