School schedule changes due to severe weather threat

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - In anticipation of severe storms Monday afternoon, Walton County School officials will dismiss students early. Holmes originally said they would dismiss early but have reversed course. 

Bay County

All outdoor activities planned for this afternoon and evening are canceled, especially middle and high school extracurricular activities.

Indoor practices and activities will go on as scheduled.

Gulf Coast State College

After consultation with emergency services, Gulf Coast State College will remain open for business today with all classes and scheduled activities continuing as planned. However, due to the closing of Tyndall Air Force Base, GCSC classes held in the Education Center on base will be closed for afternoon and evening classes. Tyndall classes will resume as usual tomorrow morning (Tuesday, April 4, 2017). The Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony has also been rescheduled for Monday, April 10, at 6 p.m.  

Holmes County

Please be advised that we have decided to keep students at our schools.  Due to the uncertainty and the movement of the weather front we cannot ensure that students will be delivered home prior to its arrival in our area.

The latest information from the National Weather Service and the local emergency management operations center indicates that the weather should be out of our area by afternoon loading times of buses, which is what originally precipitated the decision for early release.  I repeat we are planning at this time to keep students the full day of school and dismiss at regular times.

If parents wish to pick their children up from school today this will not be an issue.

All afterschool activities are still canceled.

Walton County

"The Emergency Operations Center alerted Walton County Superintendent A. Russell Hughes of severe weather with possible 70 mph winds between two o’clock and four o’clock p.m., Monday. Superintendent Hughes has determined all Walton County District schools will be on a half day schedule due to the potential impact of the storm on our area. Please check your school’s website for half day dismissal times."

Chipola College

The college is closing at 11 a.m., Monday.
Due to the threat of severe weather, Chipola College officials have decided to cancel all campus activities beginning at 11 a.m. today.
All Monday afternoon and evening classes are canceled.  Normal college operations are expected to resume Tuesday, April 4.

Tyndall Air Force Base

Tyndall closed operations at noon Monday. 

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Base officials have authorized all
non-essential personnel to be released early due to severe weather. The
release became effective at 11:55 a.m. today.

There is a likelihood of winds greater than, or equal to 51 knots, a
possibility of tornados, and a potential for 3/4 inch hail.

Col. Michael Hernandez, 325th Fighter Wing commander, issued the
authorization to subordinate Tyndall commanders granting them discretion to
determine essential and non-essential personnel.

Tyndall civilian employees will be on administrative leave.

All base facilities with the exception of the Berg-Liles Dining Facility and
the Child Development Center will be closed and will resume normal
operations tomorrow.

The Child Development Center will remain open today until all children are
picked up.

All appointments at the 325th Medical Group are being cancelled for the day.
All pharmacies are closed. Scheduled appointments will resume tomorrow.

The Base Commissary and Base Exchange are closed.

"People are our most important resource," Hernandez said. "And the Air Force
is committed to protecting them."

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