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Northwest Florida school closures due to Hurricane Sally (Closed Tues. Sept. 15)

Nick Tomecek
Northwest Florida Daily News

Below are messages from area school districts about school closures for Tuesday Sept. 15, 2020.

Okaloosa County

“The National Weather Service and our local Director of Public Safety have advised that Okaloosa County should expect tropical storm force winds and significant rain into Tuesday creating continued unsafe conditions for travel. Based on this advisory, all Okaloosa County District Schools will remain closed on Tuesday, September 15th. This includes before and after school daycare, all extracurricular activities, and any scheduled mySchool Online sessions.

As the storm’s track continues, updates and announcements will be made through local media, Blackboard Connect call outs, website, and social media. Decisions regarding school and school activities for Wednesday, September 16th will be made tomorrow. We’d like to extend thanks to our County Emergency Operations personnel for providing guidance during this time.

Thank you and be safe.”

Walton County

Weather Update 9/14/20

Due to the track change and slowing of Hurricane Sally, the closure of all Walton County schools, including extracurricular activities, will be extended through tomorrow, Tuesday, September 15th. Closures include both students and employees. Based on information from Emergency Management, tropical storm wind speed is a 70% probability for the Walton County area this afternoon into Tuesday as well as a possible threat of tornados through tonight and tomorrow. The WCSD will continue to monitor the weather with our local experts. Stay safe and continue to check our district and schools’ websites and social media platforms for more information.

Students walk into South Walton High School earlier this year.

Santa Rosa County

The Santa Rosa County School District announced it will be closed Tuesday due to Hurricane Sally. 

Bay County

Based upon forecasts for increasing heavy rain bands and tropical storm force winds this evening and tomorrow, the Superintendent has made the difficult decision to cancel school tomorrow (Tuesday, September 15). "I have concerns about flooding and about the ability of our buses to safely navigate flooded roads," explained Superintendent Bill Husfelt. "I'm also concerned about the safety of students and staff as they try to get to and from our school buildings."

BayLink will also be closed tomorrow.

No staff will report to work tomorrow unless there's an emergency that maintenance crews are deployed to assist with. All staff with pre-approved leave will, per past practice, continue to be on that leave while all other employees will be paid as usual. At this time we are unsure as to whether or not we will have to make up this day but we will let you know as soon as we know.

We have made a LINK call with the same message and have also emailed parents via PeachJar.