MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - In lieu of threatening weather, transportation for Manatee County Schools in being delayed until a group of severe thunderstorms and high winds pass through the county, the Manatee County School District said in a statement.
The National Weather Service and Manatee County Emergency Management predicted that an intense line of storms will pass through Manatee County between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., with winds as high as 60 miles per hour.
The Manatee County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Tim McGonegal, informed local school principals and district transportation officials that the school buses will be delayed, and walkers and bike riders will be held as long as severe weather remains in the area.
School bus drivers have been told to be at their first bus stop by 11:30 a.m., so they are able to transport students once the weather is clear.
If need be, drivers have been instructed to take shelter inside schools until it is safe to transport students.
Parents can sign out their children from school using district sign-out procedures.
McGonegal has advised that parents who wish to pick their children up from school enter the school to get their child. He has advised all students and staff to remain in the building during the threatening weather.
Parents will be updated through electronic phone messages in English and Spanish from the district office to inform them about possible transportation delays.
The statement said that the School District Risk Management is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to communicate throughout the day.
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