Hurricane Ian forces DCPS school closures: UPDATE


Monitor Staff

7 p.m.

Duval County Public Schools superintendent Diana Greene has sent an email to parents, teachers and staff in the district informing them that school will be canceled on Wednesday, September 28. This is in addition to the previously canceled days on Thursday and Friday. In the email, Dr. Greene notes that Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry is considering evacuations in Zone A. Because of the possibility that students and their families will be evacuating, the district made the decision to cancel all classes and activities on Wednesday.

12:45 p.m.

As Hurricane Ian lurks toward South Florida, its projected path has led Duval County Public Schools to cancel school and activities for much of the coming week. According to an announcement posted on the district’s website, a number of changes to the schedule have been made, including:

  • On Wednesday, September 28, classes will dismiss 45 minutes earlier than planned. The day was already set to be an early release day, so this will end the school day 2.5 hours earlier than normal.
  • All athletic events and extracurricular activities for the week (including Wednesday) have been canceled. The next events will take place on Monday, October 3.
  • School on both Thursday and Friday (September 29-30) is also canceled.

In addition, one of the canceled days will be made up on October 14, which was previously built into the calendar as a weather day. The district website said that the other day “will not be necessary to make up … based on the time already planned in the school calendar.”

A revised bell schedule for Darnell-Cookman has been sent to teachers and will be posted in the morning.

Updated information about the district’s response to Hurricane Ian can be found on the DCPS website.