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Manatee schools shift to evacuation shelters

The Manatee County School District closes schools Tuesday until further notice ahead of Hurricane Ian.

Manatee County is converting 15 schools into shelters as Hurricane Ian approaches. (File photo)
Manatee County is converting 15 schools into shelters as Hurricane Ian approaches. (File photo)
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The School District of Manatee County has announced it will close its schools beginning Tuesday with many shifting to shelters to accommodate those who will be impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Read more: Hurricane Ian updates, news in Sarasota and Manatee counties

A release from the district said, "the duration of school closings is not known at this time, and will be dependent on the movement and impact of the storm."

The release said all district employees will be off from work until further notice.

The district will open 15 schools as shelters beginning 8 a.m. Tuesday for those who are evacuating their homes.

The schools that will convert to shelters are:

  • Nolan Middle School (Special Needs)
  • Braden River High School (Pet Friendly)
  • Manatee High School (Pet Friendly)
  • Mills Elementary School (Pet Friendly)
  • Bayshore Elementary School
  • Freedom Elementary School
  • Gullett Elementary School
  • Harvey Elementary School
  • Lee Middle School
  • Myakka Elementary School
  • Miller Elementary School
  • McNeal Elementary School
  • Rogers Gardens Elementary School
  • Williams Elementary School
  • Willis Elementary School

The Manatee County Emergency Shelters webpage has information on what to bring to the shelter, alongside more information about the shelters.



Jay Heater

Jay Heater is the managing editor of the East County Observer. Overall, he has been in the business more than 41 years, 26 spent at the Contra Costa Times in the San Francisco Bay area as a sportswriter covering college football and basketball, boxing and horse racing.

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