Florida schools are already closing as Idalia approaches

By: - August 28, 2023 4:39 pm

School entrance sign. Photo, CD Davidson-Hiers

As Tropical Storm Idalia expects to make landfall this week in Florida as a Category 3 storm, dozens of school systems and colleges and universities are planning to close starting Monday and beyond.

So far, 34 public school districts in Florida — there are 67 traditional school districts — will be closed, with the vast majority canceling classes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ten community colleges and five state universities have also announced class cancellations, with parts of Florida’s Gulf Coast now under a hurricane warning and storm surge warning, according to a 1 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

This is a developing story, so the figures may change quickly.

Here is a list of each school district or institution’s plans, as reported by the Florida Department of Education:

Only Tuesday

Lee County

New College of Florida


Only Wednesday

Bradford County

Hamilton County

Lafayette County

Lake County

Leon County

St. Johns County

Florida A&M University

Florida State University


Tuesday and Wednesday:

Alachua County

Citrus County (with a half-day schedule Monday)

Charlotte County

Columbia County

DeSoto County

Dixie County

Franklin County

Gilchrist County

Hardee County

Hernando County

Hillsborough County

Jefferson County (early release Tuesday)

Levy County

Manatee County

Marion County

Nassau County

Pasco County

Pinellas County

Polk County

Sarasota County

Suwannee County

Taylor County

College of Central Florida

Florida Gateway College

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Hillsborough Community College

Lake-Sumter State College (closes 5 p.m. Tuesday)

North Florida College

Pasco-Hernando State College (closes 5 p.m. Monday)

St. Petersburg College

State College of Florida

South Florida State College

University of Florida (closes noon Tuesday)

University of South Florida


Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Duval County

Madison County (half day on Tuesday)

Sumter County (Early release day Tuesday)

Wakulla County


Wednesday and Thursday:

Union County

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Christian Casale
Christian Casale

Christian covers education, politics, and whatever else interests him for the Florida Phoenix. He has previously worked as a reporter and editor with the Independent Florida Alligator.