Escambia Schools To Release One Hour Early On Wednesday; Santa Rosa Is School As Usual; After School Canceled Both Counties

October 27, 2020

Here are the announced changes and cancellations for public schools in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties due to Zeta. We will post any updates as soons as they are released.

Escambia County

Every Escambia County public school will dismiss one hour earlier than normal on Wednesday. This will allow buses to complete their routes before the estimated arrival time of tropical storm force winds.

All after school activities for Escambia County School have been canceled for Wednesday.

The district will continue to monitor the progress of Zeta and will on Wednesday announced the status of schools for Thursday.

Pensacola Christian Academy

Pensacola Christian Academy will dismiss Grades 1-12 classes, after school activities, and ESD one hour early on Wednesday, October 28. Kindergarten will follow regular schedule, but Grades 1-12 will dismiss at 2 p.m. The early dismissal allows for the completion of bus routes prior to the arrival of strong winds, therefore all afternoon bus schedules will be one hour earlier than normal. Sports practices will end at 4 p.m. and Extended School Day will close at 4:30 p.m. Information regarding Thursday’s schedule will be communicated Wednesday.

Santa Rosa County

At the current time, Santa Rosa County has not made any changes to school for Wednesday or Thursday, but Wednesday after school activities have been canceled.


7 Responses to “Escambia Schools To Release One Hour Early On Wednesday; Santa Rosa Is School As Usual; After School Canceled Both Counties”

  1. Brandy on October 28th, 2020 12:25 am

    We live walking distance to my daughter’s school. I’m more than likely going to keep her home so we do not have to walk in yuck weather.

  2. Keith on October 27th, 2020 11:03 pm

    Maybe two hours let the schools out early. Football practice ends at300pm.

  3. Skip on October 27th, 2020 10:25 pm

    Hey Sean Paul
    You must have a good job if it’s more important than your kids safety! People make decisions on what they think is best for the students! You should have your kid home on a cromebook not risking Covid…

  4. Sean Paul Faulkner on October 27th, 2020 8:26 pm

    I would love someone to explain to me how 1 hour makes a difference. Most parents have jobs too and are on a schedule when it comes to their kids. My child’s bus stop is exactly 1 mile from the house. I work work in utilities and I guarantee we will be busy tomorrow. I get off every day in time to pick my child up. Now for some idiotic reason we have to cater to the people in charge of our educational system. Thanks to the wonderful decision makers we have. Maybe you should think about the parents who have schedules too.

  5. bill l on October 27th, 2020 7:18 pm

    Tell me one storm that came earlier than projected. They are usually 12-24 hrs later than the first projection 3-5 days out. Great job keeping a calm head and just dismissing an hour early.

  6. Anne on October 27th, 2020 5:52 pm

    Malcom Thomas, Supt of Escambia Co Schools will soon be retiring.
    He leaves behind a legacy of Strength and Leadership in the face of several hurricanes, freezing weathers, tornadoes, and of course the huge change up due to this COVID-19 stuff.
    For the “New Guy” you have a LOT to learn in a short period of time.
    There are MANY on stafff who can help walk you through some sketchy times.
    We hope you have Wonderful Success and Lead our schools to High Learning Status. You have a Remarkable Support Base all around, let them show you the way.

    Mr. Thomas,,,,THANK YOU, Sir and may your “Retirement” be a most rewarding one.

  7. Citizen on October 27th, 2020 3:57 pm

    And if the “estimated arrival time of tropical storm force winds” is earlier than estimated?

    Then you’ll have buses (which are giant yellow sails) running in dangerous conditions.

    Cutting it awfully close there, Malcolm.
    Risky business to leave no wiggle room for unpredictability… but hurricanes are never unpredictable are they?

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