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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) —
BAY DISTRICT SCHOOLS
Bay District Schools will be closed on Tuesday, August 17.
“We certainly hope that all of our Bay District Schools students, staff and family members and entire community are staying safe from Tropical Storm Fred and that any damage to our area is minimal. Like you, we have been watching and following the immediate forecasts all day. We are certain that the rain and some flooding will continue throughout the day, therefore our teams cannot safely access any damages to our campuses yet. With that in mind, we have made the decision to cancel school tomorrow (Tuesday, 8/17/21) so that our crews have time to safely assess our campuses and address any issues before students and staff return to school on Wednesday, August 18th. Safety is, and always will be, our first priority. At the discretion of coaches and principals, athletic practices or events can be held, after noon on Tuesday, assuming participants can travel safely to the venue. Bay Base will not be open on Tuesday. Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to school on Wednesday and we, like you, wish we didn’t have the interruption to our new school year. We do not yet know about any make-up days required but will let you know as soon as a final determination has been made in consultation with the Florida DOE.”
GULF COUNTY SCHOOLS
Gulf County Schools will be closed Tuesday, according to Superintendent Jim Norton.
“Not knowing how Tropical Storm Fred is going to affect roads, power lines, and facilities through the evening and night, and after consulting with local EOC officials, we have made the decision to close all Gulf District Schools for tomorrow – Tuesday, August 17. This will afford each of us time to assess any damages, and also to just have a chance to clean-up and come back well rested on Wednesday. Again, all Gulf schools will be closed tomorrow – Tuesday, and are slated to reopen Wednesday, August 18.”
WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOLS
Washington County Schools will be closed Tuesday.
“The worst of Tropical Storm Fred is not expected to pass through Washington County until later this evening— road conditions and power outages are the greatest concern. As a precaution, all Washington County Schools will be CLOSED tomorrow, Tuesday, August 17, 2021 for students and 10-month personnel. 12-month personnel will report to work.”
The Destin City Council meeting slated for Monday, August 16, has been postponed until Thursday, August 19 at 6 p.m.
BAPTIST COLLEGE OF FLORIDA
The Baptist College of Florida will be closed on Tuesday.
Calhoun County Schools will be closed on Tuesday.
Jackson County will be closed on Tuesday.
“IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! After continued discussions with Emergency Services following the impact of Tropical Storm Fred, road conditions and possible widespread power outages that may affect schools, a decision has been made to CLOSE schools and offices tomorrow. The 4:00 School Board Meeting will go on as scheduled.”