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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

MCPS cancels school on Thursday due to high wind threat

Due to multiple weather forecasts calling for tropical storm-force winds, Marion County Public Schools is cancelling school on Thursday, along with all extra-curricular activities starting on Wednesday afternoon with the exception of Marion Afterschool Programs.

The decision comes as Subtropical Storm Nicole makes its way toward Florida’s east coast. A Tropical Storm Watch was issued for Marion County earlier today, which means that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 miles per hour) will be possible within the next 48 hours.

Tropical Storm Nicole November 8 2022 1 p.m. update from National Hurricane Center
Tropical Storm Nicole’s current projected path as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday (Image courtesy of the National Hurricane Center)

The district plans to reopen all schools, departments, and district offices this Friday on normal schedules, pending weather and safety inspections on Thursday afternoon and evening.

Over 22,000 students in Marion County are transported each day on school buses, but MCPS does not operate those buses when sustained winds exceed 35 miles per hour.

The district does not anticipate schools being used as shelters. Any sheltering information for Marion County is available by calling the Citizens Information Hotline at 352-369-7500.

According to MCPS, students will not be required to make up the missed day. Year-round MCPS employees will telework on Thursday while other employees will make up the day at a later date in their contract year.

This decision also cancels MCPS’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony, which was originally scheduled to take place this Friday at 11 a.m. The event will not be rescheduled.

For more information, contact the Public Relations Office of MCPS at 352-671-7555.