• Wednesday
    8/30/23 - Noon Update:

    Good morning SCS employees & families,  

    Our traditional public schools that were serving as emergency evacuation centers have closed and are in the process of being cleaned and reconfigured to welcome back students & employees. All of our traditional public schools will reopen tomorrow for normal school operations including transportation services, food services, and after school activities. Additionally, the Superintendent Listening Tour meetings slated for tomorrow evening (Thursday, August 31) will both be held as scheduled. If you are receiving this message and your child is enrolled at a charter school, please check directly with your school for updates on reopening. 

    We wanted to share a few important general considerations and safety reminders as we return back to school: 

    • School buses will be running their normal routes, but there may be some delays due to receding water and excess traffic moving through the county. As a reminder, our district uses WheresTheBus, which offers real-time route updates. For more information about the app and how to sign up, please visit: 
    • If your child usually walks or bikes to school, please consider “testing out” their usual route to ensure that biking/walking is still a safe travel option. 
    • Families, please let your school know if returning to school is a hardship – our school-based & district teams can help provide resources where possible. 
    • Employees, please let your supervisor know if you will need to take time off before you can safely return to work. 

    Please be sure to follow us on social media (@sarasotaschools) and visit to stay current with the latest school-related updates. Thank you! 

    —Sarasota County Schools 

    8/29/23 - 3pm Update:

    Good afternoon SCS employees & families, 

    As a reminder, all of Sarasota County’s traditional public schools will remain closed tomorrow (Wednesday, August 30) and all afterschool activities remain cancelled. This is out of an abundance of caution and to accommodate the needs of the traditional public schools that are currently serving as emergency evacuation centers. 

    The reopening of our traditional public schools for normal school operations will ultimately depend on the track that Hurricane Idalia takes. Our school teams will need time to clean and prepare the schools to receive students & employees once again. We will send out an update about school reopening as soon as possible after the storm passes and it’s safe for our school district Facilities team to assess the condition of our schools & campuses. 

    If you have not done so already, please bookmark -- we’ll be sharing the latest school-related updates here as information becomes available. We’ll also be sharing these updates on our social media platforms – please follow: 

    Reminders from SCGov: 

    • Register for emergency notifications from the County at
    • Stay in the know about storm-related updates by following @SRQCountyGov on Facebook and Twitter.  

    —Sarasota County Schools 

    8/28/23 - Noon Update:

    Out of an abundance of caution and due to the latest track of Tropical Storm Idalia, traditional public schools will be closed on Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30 in order to function as Evacuation Centers. This includes all after-school activities. Evacuation Centers will open at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, August 29. For a list of current Evacuation Centers, please visit Sarasota County’s website ( ( If you are receiving this message and your child is enrolled at a charter school, please check directly with your school for updates on closures. We will be updating with traditional public school-related updates as more information becomes available.

    All after-school activities today, Monday, August 28 will take place as scheduled.

    Please continue to visit Sarasota County’s website ( as well as local media outlets for the latest weather-related updates.

    —Sarasota County Schools

    8/27/23 - 1:00pm Update: 

    We are currently monitoring tropical storm Idalia heading into the Gulf of Mexico. All Sarasota County Schools will be open on time tomorrow, Monday, August 28th. We will continue to monitor the storm and have regular updates throughout the week.