UPDATED: School closings and early dismissals announced ahead of Idalia

Universities and public schools are taking action ahead of storm
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Posted at 9:13 AM, Aug 28, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-29 14:53:16-04

WTXL — Schools in the Big Bend and South Georgia are announcing school closings ahead of Idalia.

Here's a look at what we know so far:

Florida State University's Tallahassee campus will remain closed through Friday, Sept. 1.

University officials continue to closely monitor the developments of this severe weather event and will continue to adjust operations as conditions warrant. For updated information on the University’s status, official announcements, or situational updates, continue to check www.alerts.fsu.edu.

Students are encouraged to discuss possible travel plans with family and friends. DO NOT travel into the path of the storm. Weather and road conditions east and south of Tallahassee are expected to deteriorate Tuesday evening through Wednesday.

Leon County School District has made the decision to keep schools closed on Thursday. They will assess the situation Wednesday before making any decisions for school operations on Friday.

Valdosta State University will be closed starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30 and will remain closed until midnight. During the closure, only essential personnel and residents of campus housing are allowed on campus. VSU will continue to monitor the impact of Idalia, but as of right now, we anticipate VSU reopening at 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 31.

Thomasville City Schools will be closed and all extracurricular events will be cancelled on Wednesday, August 30,2023. Updates and changes will be sent by the District as information becomes available.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College will be closed on Wednesday, August 30 due to the anticipation of Hurricane Idalia in our service area. Plans are to reopen as normal on Thursday, August 31, but we will be evaluating conditions and will make any possible closure announcements at 5 pm on Wednesday. Announcements will be posted on the main Facebook page, Website, and alert notification system.

Liberty County Schools will be closed Wednesday. This is according to a post on Liberty County Emergency Management.

Thomas County Schools will be closed Wednesday due to the threat of Hurricane Idalia.

Florida A&M University will suspend classes and University operations at the Tallahassee main campus, Quincy, and the Viticulture Center from 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 29 through Friday, Sept. 1. The University will reopen for normal operations on Tuesday, September 5. The Hub and the Top Café will remain open until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Meal accommodations will be made for students daily. Residence halls will be open, and students are urged to shelter in place.

Lowndes County Schools: Will close schools and system offices tomorrow, Wednesday, August 30th. They encourage families to follow Lowndes County Emergency Management and take all recommended safety measures. As they determine the impacts on Wednesday, they will make decisions regarding the remainder of the week. All after-school activities today will proceed as normal.

All schools and offices of Valdosta City Schools will be closed on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 as they anticipate severe weather conditions associated with Hurricane Idalia. After we assess impact on Wednesday, they will make decisions regarding the remainder of the week.

All Southern Regional Technical College campus locations will close today, Tuesday, August 29 at 5pm. The college will remain closed Wednesday, August 30. SRTC plans to resume normal campus operations Thursday, August 31

Madison County Schools will close at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, and remain closed Wednesday and Thursday. The Central School will open as a shelter at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Jefferson County Schools will close at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday.
Schools will be closed on Wednesday.

Lafayette County Schools are closed Tuesday through Thursday. School will resume on Friday, September 1.

Gadsden County schools will be open on Tuesday, August 29 and closed on Wednesday, August 30. If there is a westward shift they will release early on Tuesday to ensure buses are off the road before high winds. The district anticipates school being back open on Thursday. However, if there are any changes, they will inform you on Wednesday.

Wakulla County Schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Due to the threat of severe weather caused by Hurricane Idalia, Keiser University Tallahassee will close at 5 PM on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, and remain closed on Wednesday, August 30, 2023.

Tallahassee Communty College's Wakulla Center and Wakulla Environmental Institute will be closed Tuesday. TCC Main Campus, Center for Innovation, Gadsden Center, and Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education will be closed starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29 through Wednesday, August 30. The Florida Public Safety Institute is currently open and operational in order to serve as a staging site for first responders.

Taylor County Schools will will remain closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Taylor County Elementary School will serve as a shelter.

Suwannee County Schools will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. All after school activities will also be canceled, including athletic events and practices.

Monday afternoon, Hamilton County School District said, "due to the potential impact of Hurricane Idalia, the Hamilton County School District will close all facilities for Wednesday, August 30th, to include cancellation of all after school activities. For Tuesday, August 29th, all district facilities will be open all day with the exception of all after-school activities which will be canceled with the district campus to be cleared by 3:30. All of our school families are encouraged to take the necessary preparations to be ready for the storm. Pending any emergency, the Hamilton County School District will reopen on Thursday, August 31st."