School Closings In An Emergency


    Residents in Florida know the dangers of inclement weather especially during the hurricane season. While very infrequent,
    there may be times when our schools may have to close to protect our students and be reopened as emergency shelters for
    the community. The superintendent in consultation with his staff and the Pinellas County Emergency Operations office makes
    decisions regarding the closing of public schools. Pinellas County Schools works closely with our local television and radio
    media outlets to inform the public when school closings occur. In addition, the district maintains its own public information
    telephone number that provides information on a daily basis regarding the status of schools being in session. The district
    website,, also provides updated information and a link to Emergency Shelter Information.

    A recorded message will be provided each day regarding any changes in school openings or closings. The recording will
    be updated as additional information becomes available. Updates will be posted on the official PCS Facebook and Twitter
    accounts. Follow PCS on Facebook at and Twitter at for the
    latest information.

    The following media outlets will also provide up-to-date information to the public in the event a school closing occurs or if the
    student day must be shortened due to emergency conditions:

    Tampa Bay Times
    WFLA-Ch. 8
    BAY NEWS-Ch. 9
    WTSP-Ch. 10
    WTVT-Ch. 13
    WPDS-Ch. 14 Pinellas County Schools
    WFTS-Ch. 28
    WUSF 89.7 radio
    WFLA 970 radio

    Should schools close during the day when students are already in attendance information will be provided through the
    district’s automated phone notification system and local media outlets. The district emergency information telephone line
    (727-588-6424) will provide additional details regarding specific times for release of students or their transfer to another site if
    necessary during an emergency evacuation.

    Call 1-800-873-8477 or
    Text TIP144 plus the tip info to C R I M E S (274637) or online at
    Call toll free and remain anonymous

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