Escambia (FL) And Santa Rosa Schools Back In Session On Thursday, Escambia (AL) Out Again

January 17, 2018

Escambia and Santa Rosa County schools in Florida will be open on Thursday. Escambia County Schools in Alabama will be closed again.


Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has announced that Escambia County (FL) District Schools will resume regular schedules on Thursday, January 18, 2018. However, all outdoor sports/activities for Thursday, January 18 have been canceled due to continued low temperatures. In preparation for the cold temperatures, district transportation routes will be handled as promptly as possible; the District requests assistance in asking families to formulate plans tonight to limit student exposure while traveling to school or waiting at bus stops in the mornings and evenings.  Weather forecasts for the rest of the week will be monitored accordingly.


Assistant Superintendent Joey Harrell, said based on the latest reports received from Santa Rosa County Emergency Operations, and Santa Rosa County Roads and Bridges, a decision has been made to resume normal school operations, with the exception of outside activities (to include PE) for tomorrow. Please keep in mind that school start temperatures and wind chill factors will be well below freezing tomorrow morning. Parents are encouraged to be mindful of these extreme conditions, especially if your children will be waiting outside at bus stops.


Escambia County Public Schools (Alabama) will be closed Thursday, January 18, 2018 due to the potential for dangerous icy road conditions. All schools will reopen following the regular schedule on Friday, January 19, 2018. Please stay safe. Thank you for your patience. Friday, students should wear school uniforms. Any warm outerwear will be allowed.


14 Responses to “Escambia (FL) And Santa Rosa Schools Back In Session On Thursday, Escambia (AL) Out Again”

  1. elizabeth on January 17th, 2018 11:38 pm

    Homeschooling! No problems here!

  2. North end resident on January 17th, 2018 8:48 pm

    Superintendents..escambia and Santa Rosa… ain’t the cold weather that I am concerned with sending my child to school. It’s the (BLACK) ice on the roads that should be a concern of both of y’all. He don’t ride the bus, but if mine did he sure wouldn’t be riding it. Think about the bus driver safety, students safety, and other drivers on the road…Did either one of y’all get out at daylight and ride around your county and see how dangerous it was. Let see we had a couple of hours just above freezing and now right back below freezing now. How about both of y’all get up and ride around the north end across the bridges and if you won’t then why jeopardize the safety of anyone. Maybe I need to run for school superintendent. Hmm just a thought. Better hope nothing happens. Everybody be safe and use good judgement.

  3. Concerned on January 17th, 2018 8:40 pm

    Each school has better heating systems than we had at Bratt Jr. High School and I guarantee our mother never let us miss school because of freezing weather which we had more often than we do now. Back then students who lived 2 miles and under had to walk or be driven by the parents. Sounds like there are more spoiled parents than children.

  4. Michelle on January 17th, 2018 8:35 pm

    When did Americans become so weak? Wrap up, go slow and keep going.
    I moved to ND, even the little ones are at the school bus stops in MINUS weather. Florida has a lot to learn, so get use to it. Things will get worse in the next few years.

  5. Tom on January 17th, 2018 8:12 pm

    Makes no since, what’s the difference in today and tomorrow? Black ice still on roadways and severe cold, not to mention how many kids are already fighting the flu outbreak.

  6. Brian on January 17th, 2018 7:06 pm

    Unfortunately, our kids here in North Escambia are the ones that will have to battle terrible weather conditions tomorrow thanks to our superintendent’s questionable decision. Hwy 97 was in much worse shape than Hwy 29 this morning. I Pray for everyone’s safety tomorrow especially the kids.

  7. Bonnie on January 17th, 2018 6:47 pm

    Mr. Thomas must agree bad call on your part. You are a good man and parent and a grandparent. Seriously though the weather will be the same again in the morning. All news channels with the exception of 3 are reiterating the refreezing of county roads and bridges. Northview High School has all of that and you are expecting our bus drivers and students back on the road….come on to dangerous I say

  8. Parent in century on January 17th, 2018 6:36 pm

    I will not send my kids out in the cold because my children. Have to catch the bus away from home and have to stand in the cold. With the flu and everything else out i refuse to but my kids at risk.

  9. Northview parent on January 17th, 2018 6:26 pm

    Mr Thomas shouldn’t you think of the ice melting from today and refreezing tonight cause of the temps that it will cause black ice and it’s even unsafe for the busses to be on the road

  10. CONCERNED PARENT on January 17th, 2018 5:59 pm

    PLEASE EVERYONE CALL AND LEAVE A MESSAGE ! We can not risk our teachers, bus drivers and students. So many still have iced in driveways and roads.

    (850) 469-6130



  11. Parent on January 17th, 2018 5:49 pm

    Sorry Mr. Thomas but in the north end of the county… Three are still dangerous conditions on the roads… Not to mention our children and the schools are not equipped to handle that kind of cold. Byrneville school is still on radiator heat….. So my children will be home.

  12. Northview grandparent on January 17th, 2018 5:43 pm

    It’s just not worth the risks. At the end of the day, will one hr of math, etc. be worth putting so many kids on the roads. No! Parents be parents and keep your kids safe at home. Mr Thomas…you are putting a community that is dealing with a flu epidemic in a dangerous and unnecessary corner. Parents realize that if their child hasn’t gotten the many illnesses that are going around then they might in the future. They are afraid of absences adding up. From my understanding, a student is only allowed 5 absences a semester and then they could possibly fail a class. Seriously, Mr. Thomas….think about your decision. Is it truly worth the risks?

  13. anne 1of2 on January 17th, 2018 5:22 pm

    It is too cold for those students to be waiting for a school bus. Mr. Thomas needs to change his mind by the 10 o’clock news tonight.

  14. Parent on January 17th, 2018 2:08 pm

    I’m sorry Mr. Thomas but I am not sending my kids to school in 18-20 degree weather. That is just crazy I just got my kids over the flu I’m not going to risk getting them sick and being put in the hospital. They can stay home and keep warm at one temperature and not go out in the freezing weather.

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