Hurricane Ian: School closures in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — As Hurricane Ian makes its way into the Gulf and threatens Florida, local schools are making changes to normal schedules.


Eyewitness News is monitoring Central Florida districts, colleges and universities and will update information as it comes into our newsroom.

Osceola County:

All Osceola County public schools will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 27 through Friday, Sept. 30.

  • Tuesday: Closed Sept. 27
  • Wednesday: Closed Sept. 28
  • Thursday: Closed Sept. 29
  • Friday: Closed Sept. 30

Brevard County:

Brevard Public Schools and district offices will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

All school activities, events and programs for those days are also canceled.

  • Wednesday: Closed Sept. 28
  • Thursday: Closed Sept. 29

Seminole County:

Seminole County Public Schools announced it will be closed from Wednesday through Friday.

  • Wednesday: Closed Sept. 28
  • Thursday: Closed Sept. 29
  • Friday: Closed Sept. 30

The district is open Tuesday for normal operations before and during school hours.

KidZone and Beyond after-school care and 21st Century sites will operate as usual Tuesday.

All other Tuesday after-school events are canceled for Tuesday.

Seminole County Public Schools will be closed for students and staff beginning Wednesday.

You can register for storm-specific alerts by texting STORM2022 to 888-777.

Orange County:

Orange County Public Schools said Monday that due to expected storm impact, all extracurricular activities are canceled for Tuesday except for extended day. All schools will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

District officials will assess damages at all OCPS schools and facilities starting Friday. The district is planning to reopen all schools and work locations on Monday, Oct. 3.

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Lake County:

Lake County Schools announced initial plans in preparation for the storm.

  • Tuesday: Early dismissal - Students will be dismissed an hour early on Sept. 27.
  • Wednesday: Closed - Schools and district offices will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 28. All after-school events will also be canceled for Wednesday.
  • Thursday: Closed - Schools and district offices will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 29. All after-school events will also be canceled for Thursday.
  • Friday: Closed - Schools and district offices will be closed on Friday, Sept. 30. All after-school events will also be canceled for Friday.

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Marion County:

Marion County Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29 due to Hurricane Ian. Tuesday is a regular day for all MCPS schools except West Port High School, which will switch to virtual learning for the day so the school can transition into a special needs shelter. All extra-curricular activities district-wide Tuesday are also canceled.

MCPS crews will assess the damage on all campuses and schools will remain closed on Friday, Sept. 30.

The district expects that all schools, departments and offices will reopen Monday, Oct. 3 with normal operations.

Volusia County:

District officials announced that ALL After-School activities will be canceled Wednesday through Friday.

Volusia County Schools said Monday morning that there were no plans to cancel school or extracurricular activities for Monday or Tuesday.

Polk County:

Polk County Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Tuesday: Closed on Sept. 27
  • Wednesday: Closed on Sept. 28

Sumter County:

Sumter County Schools will have early dismissal on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29.

Flagler County:

Flagler Schools said Monday that district leaders are monitoring Hurricane Ian and are in touch with county emergency management officials.

Universities / Colleges:

Bethune Cookman University: Effective Monday, Sept. 26 at noon, school officials said there is a mandatory campus evacuation order. No return date has been determined.

Rollins College: School officials announced that campus will close on Wednesday, Sept. 28.


  • 4 p.m.: Residence halls close
  • 5 p.m.: Campus closes


Classes at the University of Central Florida will be canceled on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The university will review its timeline for resuming normal operations and plan to provide updates on Friday, Sept. 30.

All class assignments, even ones that are online, will be suspended until classes return.


Stetson University’s Emergency Management Team and Policy Team officials said DeLand campus classes will continue through Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Undergraduate classes are canceled Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 28-30, and graduate classes in the College of Arts and Sciences are also canceled Wednesday-Friday.

Online graduate business courses will be moved to asynchronous learning for the week; students in those programs will receive specific communication from the business school.

Essential personnel are expected to check with their supervisor regarding their schedule. Most administrative offices will be closed and non-essential personnel are not expected to work during this time.


Keiser University campuses in Orange, Brevard and Volusia Counties will remain closed on Friday, Sept. 30.

These are the following locations:

  • Keiser University Orlando: 5600 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando
  • Keiser University Melbourne: 900 South Babcock St., Melbourne
  • Keiser University Daytona Beach: 1800 Business Park Blvd., Daytona Beach

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.