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Pasco County School District Announces Schools Will Reopen Thursday

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - Pasco Schools will reopen tomorrow and operations to return to normal.
Fivay High School (TFP File Photo)

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – Pasco Schools will reopen tomorrow and operations will return to normal, according to an email sent to parents.

“We are pleased to announce that our schools will be in session tomorrow after a thorough evaluation and collaboration with Pasco County Emergency Management,” said Pasco County Schools in an email to parents and students. “This includes athletics, PLACE, Star, Delta, and all other extracurricular activities. Our students and staff’s safety and well-being remain our top priorities, and we believe the conditions are conducive to resuming regular operations. We ask for your patience for any delays as bus drivers navigate roads that may still have flooding or debris across the roadways and school administrators get the school ready for students.”

The district understands that the storm has directly impacted some families and staff members and acknowledges their challenges. The district is committed to offering support wherever possible and encourages those in need to reach out to their respective schools.

The district also urges patience and understanding from parents, guardians, and the community as bus drivers and school administrators navigate potential hazards from the storm. The aftermath of a weather event can pose challenges, and the district asks for everyone’s cooperation and support during this time.

“For families directly affected by Hurricane Idalia, please know that our thoughts are with you during this challenging time. We have had several of our Pasco County Schools family, and we stand with our community to help recover in any way possible,” PCS continued. “We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we navigate through these circumstances. Our dedicated educators look forward to welcoming students back and continuing to provide a world-class education for our students.”

In the news: Pasco County EOC Update On Hurricane Idalia Recovery

Rescue, recovery and clean-up operations are underway in Pasco County as Hurricane Idalia slowly moves out of the area. 

Here are the latest updates from Pasco County Government:

  • Emergency crews are responding to 911 calls and performing water rescues.
  • All East Pasco shelters are closed

The following West Pasco shelters remain open:

  • Fasano Regional Hurricane Center, 11611 Denton Avenue, Hudson
  • Fivay High School, 12115 Chicago Avenue, Hudson
  • River Ridge Middle and High Schools, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey
  • Pasco County Government Offices are closed today and will reopen Thursday, Aug. 31.
    • Animal Services will reopen Friday, September 1.
  • GoPasco County Public Transportation services will resume Thursday, Aug. 31, as road conditions allow.  Rides will be free all day Thursday, and regular fares will resume Friday.
  • Public Works crews are clearing debris from roadways.
  • Drivers – please treat intersections without working traffic lights as a four-way stop.
  • Damage assessment teams are performing countywide inspections.
  • Most private haulers will resume trash collection on passable streets Thursday, Aug. 30.  Place bins out on regular collection day.


  • Two sandbag disposal sites are open to properly dispose of used sandbags:
  • Magnolia Valley Golf Course: 7223 Massachusetts Avenue, New Port Richey

Pasco County Public Works (C-Barn)30908 Warder Road, San Antonio

Recovery efforts, including restoring power and searching damaged properties, began Wednesday In Florida after Hurricane Idalia made landfall in a sparsely populated area of the Gulf Coast before crossing parts of North Florida into Georgia.

More than 500,000 utility customers had lost power during the storm, which came up the Gulf of Mexico before crashing ashore about 7:45 a.m. in Taylor County’s Keaton Beach area. The state as of early afternoon had not confirmed any deaths.

State Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said crews started “search, secure and stabilize” recovery efforts after Idalia made landfall about 75 miles southeast of Tallahassee as an “extremely dangerous” Category 3 storm packing maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis said crews had restored power to about half of the 500,000 utility customers who lost electricity in various parts of the state. But he said the number of outages could increase.

DeSantis and Guthrie planned to travel Wednesday afternoon to the Taylor County community of Perry for a news conference as post-storm assessments were underway.

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