With Hurricane Matthew inching closer to Florida, the Miami-Dade school district announced Wednesday morning that schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
Middle school students will also be released early Wednesday, at 3 p.m. instead of 3:40 p.m., but elementary and high school students will still get out of class at the usual time. Wednesday is an early dismissal day in Miami-Dade, meaning that elementary school students finish at 1:50 p.m. and high school students finish at 2:30 p.m.
“By 3 p.m., all students and all teachers should be on their way home,” Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said Wednesday morning, speaking from Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Operations Center.
Broward County announced Tuesday night that its schools would be closed on Thursday and Friday.
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Schools in both districts are still open Wednesday, but after-school activities, sports games and night classes have been canceled. In Miami-Dade, privately operated after care programs will remain open until 6 p.m., although the district is urging parents to pick up their children as early as possible.
All Archdiocese of Miami Catholic schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties will also be closed Thursday and Friday, and after school activities on Wednesday have been canceled. Basilica School St. Mary Star of the Sea, the only Archdiocese of Miami Catholic school in Monroe County, will remain open.
St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School, Scheck Hillel Community School and Miami Country Day School will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
Schools in Palm Beach county are closed on Thursday and Friday. In Monroe County, the district has opted to close schools north of the Seven Mile Bridge on Thursday, but unless there are significant changes in the weather, those schools will reopen Friday morning. The Monroe County school district is leaving it up to each school to determine whether after school activities will still be held on Wednesday.
Florida International University will close Wednesday at 5 p.m. and remain closed through Friday. Broward College will also close at 5 p.m. Wednesday and will reopen on Monday morning. Miami Dade College has canceled classes starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday and will remain closed through Thursday. The college will make a decision about whether to cancel classes on Friday at a later date.
The University of Miami will close its Coral Gables and Rosenstiel Campuses starting at 5 p.m. today and they will remain closed through Friday. The university’s Miller School Campus and UHealth facilities are still on a normal schedule Wednesday, but all non-essential clinical operations and events will be canceled on Thursday and Friday.
Florida Atlantic University has canceled classes from Wednesday at 3 p.m. through Sunday and Barry University campuses in Miami Shores, Hollywood, Kendall, Davie and Pembroke Pines will be closed starting Wednesday at noon. Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami Campus will close Wednesday at noon and reopen next Tuesday.