Florida schools open, closed due to Tropical Storm Nicole

Many schools across Florida are closed Thursday due to Tropical Storm Nicole.

Many schools across Florida are closed Thursday due to Tropical Storm Nicole.

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Many K-12 schools and colleges across Florida were closed Thursday as Nicole, now a tropical storm, treks across the state.

Nicole made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane just south of Vero Beach on Florida’s east coast early Thursday. It quickly weakened back into a tropical storm and is now crossing Florida, dousing parts of the state with rain and wind.

Here’s a look at which K-12 schools were closed, and which districts have reopened or plan to reopen. Keep in mind that many Florida schools will also be closed Friday for Veterans Day. This list will be updated.

South Florida schools

Broward County public schools extended its closure to Thursday after being closed Wednesday due to Tropical Storm Nicole. All field trips, school-related activities and classes set for Thursday were also canceled. No school Friday for Veterans Day. All sports activities and events scheduled for Friday and through the weekend will continue as planned.

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Tea Archdiocese of Miami announced that its Catholic elementary and secondary schools in Broward were closed on Thursday, but its Miami-Dade and Monroe locations remained open. All Archdiocese schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and the Keys will be closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Miami Dade public schools were closed wednesday and reopened on Thursday. All adult, after-care programs, athletics and schools activities will also be summarized. No school Friday for Veterans Day.

In the Florida Keys, Monroe County public schools remained open. No school Friday for Veterans Day.

Public schools in Palm Beach County closed Wednesday and Thursday due to the storm. No school Friday for Veterans Day.

Charter schools in Broward and Palm Beach managed by Charter Schools USA, 20 schools spanning the two counties, were also closed Thursday. Palm Beach charter schools will reopen on Friday.

(No students were at public schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties on Tuesday because of Election Day.)

Colleges

The Florida Department of Education says the following state colleges were closed Thursday due to Nicole:

Florida State University (FSU) campus in Tallahassee.

University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville

University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando

Florida Atlantic University (FAU). It’s main campus is in Boca Raton.

Florida A&M University (FAMU). It’s main campus is in Tallahassee.

University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville

Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland

New College of Florida in Sarasota

Orlando College of Law & Pharmacy

Miami/Davie College of Pharmacy

Jacksonville College of Pharmacy

Other school shutdowns

Here are some of the other school districts closed for Nicole:

Collier County public schools were closed on Thursday. Charter schools operated by Charter Schools USA were also closed, but will reopen on Friday in Collier.

Citrus County schools closed Thursday for Nicole and will be closed on Friday for Veterans Day. The district says that because of the closure, the last two half days before Christmas break, Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, will now be full days of school.

Brevard County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole and will be closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Bradford County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole and will be closed on Friday for Veterans Day.

Sarasota County public schools closed Thursday and will reopen Friday, according to the school district.

Manatee County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole and will be closed on Friday for Veterans Day.

Franklin County public schools closed Thursday and will be closed Friday due to Nicole.

Baker County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole and will be closed on Friday for Veterans Day.

Brevard County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole. Schools were already to be closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Osceola County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole. Charter schools operated by Charter Schools USA also closed. Schools were already to be closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Bay County public schools were open Thursday and will be closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Seminole County public schools will be closed through Friday for Nicole.

Lake County public schools closed on Thursday for Nicole. Schools will reopen on Friday.

Lee County public schools will resume on Friday.

Volusia County public schools closed on Thursday for Nicole. Schools were already closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Glades County public schools closed on Thursday for Nicole. Schools will reopen on Friday.

Indian River County public schools closed on Thursday for Nicole. Schools were already closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Martin County public schools closed on Thursday for Nicole. Schools were already closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Marion County public schools closed on Thursday. The district plans to reopen on Friday, pending weather and safety inspections.

Okeechobee County public schools closed on Thursday for Nicole. The district is monitoring the storm before deciding on closing Friday.

Pasco County public schools closed on Thursday for Nicole. Schools will reopen on Friday. Charter schools operated by Charter Schools USA are also closed on Thursday, but will reopen on Friday.

St.Lucie County public schools and charter schools operated by Charter Schools USA are closed Thursday for Nicole. Schools were already closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Hillsborough County public schools and charter schools operated by Charter Schools USA closed Thursday and will remain closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Alachua County public schools are closed Thursday for Nicole. Schools were already to be closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Clay County public schools closed Thursday and will be closed Friday.

DeSoto County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole and plan to reopen Friday.

Duval County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole. Schools will be closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Flagler County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole. Schools will be closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Hardee County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole. The decision to reopen schools on Friday will be determined after the storm passes.

Hendry County public schools closed Wednesday and Thursday for Nicole. Schools will reopen Friday.

Hernando County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole. Schools are closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Highlands County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole. Officials expect school will reopen Friday, but a decision will be made after the storm passes.

Lafayette County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole and will remain closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Marion County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole. Schools expected to reopen Friday, pending weather and safety conditions.

Nassau County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole and will remain closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Orange County public schools closed Thursday and Friday for Nicole.

Polk County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole and will remain closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Putnam County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole and will remain closed Friday for Veterans Day.

St. Johns County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole and will be closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Sumter County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole and will be closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Union County public schools closed Thursday and will be closed Friday for Nicole.

Calhoun County public schools closed Thursday for Nicole. School officials are monitoring the storms progress and have not made a decision yet on reopening schools Friday.

Charlotte County schools closed Thursday for Nicole. Schools will have classes on Friday.

For the full list of public school districts closed due to Nicole, visit the Florida Department of Education’s website.

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There’s never a dull moment in Florida—and Michelle covers it as a Real Time/Breaking News Reporter for the Miami Herald. She graduated with honors from Florida International University, where she served as the editor-in-chief of Student Media PantherNOW. Previously, she worked as a news writer at WSVN Channel 7 and was a 2020-2021 Poynter-Koch Media & Journalism fellow.

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