Lee and Collier county public schools will announce any school closures or class cancellations on Sunday as the district continues to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac.
Officials at Southwest Florida’s colleges and universities are also holding off on any decisions to cancel classes.
Superintendent Kamela Patton will make the decision about whether to close Collier schools.
In the meantime, the district’s 6,500 faculty and staff will be updated via email. The public can watch the education channel, check the district’s website, www.collierschools.com, or call toll free 1-888-994-6397 for updates in English, Spanish and Creole.
“Our preference is to give 24 hours notice if we’re able to,” said Tom Conrecode, the district’s executive director of support services.
In Lee County, district officials are also keeping a close watch on the storm. Each school and the district as a whole is ready to implement its emergency plan, according to a news release. Schools have already begun securing loose debris and bringing garbage cans inside.
The district will continue to update parents on its website, www.leeschools.net.
Ave Maria University President Jim Towey said he’ll decide by noon Friday whether to postpone the first day of the semester scheduled for Monday.
Most of the university’s 900 students are expected to arrive by Saturday, Towey said, 60 percent of them from out of state.
“We have ample supplies of food and water and a back-up generator system,” Towey said.
Edison State College students could get their first chance riding out a storm in the school’s new dorms, which opened Monday.
“LightHouse Commons is of course a new factor for the college and we have a plan in place for that,” Edison spokeswoman Teresa Morgenstern said.
Morgenstern said top college officials will meet and announce a decision about class cancellations Friday. For updates, visit www.edison.edu.
School officials at Florida Gulf Coast University and Hodges University also said they plan to meet Friday to finalize plans.
Joe Turner, spokesman for Hodges, said any cancellations would only affect faculty and staff as the school is currently between terms and is not holding classes.
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