UPDATE 10:30 PM-
The Santa Rosa County school district has canceled all scheduled school activities until further notice.
The Okaloosa County school district has also canceled all extracurricular and after-school activities for the weekend.
In a statement issued tonight, The University of West Florida announced it has canceled all university athletic events, including Saturday’s football game at Maritime Park.
On-campus housing and dining services will continue throughout the weekend as usual.All other services, activities and events, including all athletic events, are cancelled.
Pensacola, Fla : Escambia County School District sent out a news release saying:
Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has announced that school will be closed on Friday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 11 to comply with a directive from Governor Scott.
However, all previously scheduled extracurricular activities and sports events will proceed as scheduled this weekend as long as the opposing team’s school district has not cancelled their extracurricular schedule.
“I apologize for the late notice,” said Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. “All Escambia County (FL) public schools and offices will be closed tomorrow, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 11th, per the Governor’s directive. We will continue as many of the scheduled sports and extracurricular activities planned for this weekend as possible. However, we realize some school districts may be canceling weekend events along with school schedules. ”
At the time of this release, the Tate vs Gulf Breeze and the Pine Forest vs Pace football games have been cancelled.
These games will continue Friday night at 7:00 p.m.:
Volleyball: F/JV/V Washington at Escambia
Varsity: West Florida at D’Ibervile
Varsity: Archbishop Rummel at Escambia
Varsity: Northview at South Walton
Varsity: Pensacola at Booker T. Washington
Volleyball Varsity Aggie Invitational will be held at Tate
West Florida XC Classic will be held at West Florida High, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — Fla. Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that all public K-12 schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices will close Friday through Monday as the state braces for Hurricane Irma impact.
Scott said the spaces will close in case state emergency officials need them for sheltering and staging.
“Floridians are facing a life-threatening storm in Hurricane Irma, and every family must prepare to evacuate,” Scott said. “Our state’s public schools serve a vital role in our communities as shelters for displaced residents and staging areas for hurricane recovery efforts.”
State residents began their mass evacuation Thursday as Category 5 Irma continued its straight path for the Sunshine state.
While mandatory evacuations are in place in multiple counties in South Florida, Scott urges that all Floridians should take caution.
“Look at the size of this storm,” Scott said. “It is wider than our entire state and could cause major and life-threatening impacts from coast to coast. Regardless of what coast you live on, be prepared to evacuate. Floridians on the west coast cannot be complacent.”
Florida is expected to begin feeling the effects of Irma Saturday or Sunday. Click here for shelter information.