Marion County Public Schools and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management have announced school closings and shelter locations in preparation for Hurricane Ian.
On Tuesday, September 27, it will be a regular school day for students and teachers, though all extra-curricular activities district-wide will be cancelled. West Port High School will switch to virtual learning on Tuesday so that the school can transition into a special needs shelter.
Marion County Public Schools will close district-wide on Wednesday, September 28 and Thursday, September 29.
MCPS states that the decision regarding whether or not to open schools on Friday, September 30 will be made later in the week, and that information will be shared via the Marion County Public Schools website, Skylert messaging, social media channels, and local media.
West Port High School will open as a special needs shelter on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
On Wednesday at 12 p.m., Marion County Emergency Management will open additional shelters at the following schools:
- Belleview Middle School located at 10500 SE 36th Avenue in Belleview.
- Dunnellon High School located at 10055 SW 180th Avenue Road in Dunnellon.
- Fort McCoy School located at 16160 NE County Road 315 in Fort McCoy.
- Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary School located at 4397 SW 95th Street in Ocala.
- North Marion Middle School located at 2085 W County Road 329 in Citra.
- Vanguard High School (pet friendly) located at 7 NW 28th Street in Ocala.
Marion County Emergency Management officials encourage residents to bring enough supplies to the shelters to last them for 24 to 48 hours, such as clothing, bedding, medications, food, and water.
If any residents are bringing pets to the pet-friendly shelter, each pet must be caged, and residents will be required to provide recent immunization documentation. In addition, please bring whatever supplies are needed for those pets to be self-sufficient, and please pick up after them as well.
For more information on sheltering, please call the Marion County Citizens Information Hotline at 352-369-7500.