Volusia County schools, colleges to close due to Hurricane Ian


Schools in Walcia County will be closed at least Wednesday and Thursday as a precautionary measure against Hurricane Ian, according to an announcement sent to families and posted online Monday night.

Officials say the closure will also extend to after-school activities, sporting events, extended care, district training and meetings, tutoring and mentoring. Ward offices are also closed.

On Monday morning, the district had already canceled after-school activities Wednesday through Friday. No decisions have been made regarding Saturday and Sunday school activities or Friday classes.

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and video announcement On Monday night, Superintendent Carmen Balgovin told families to stay safe and prepare for the storm.

“Our district is working closely with local emergency management authorities to monitor the approaching storm and its potential impact on Volusia County,” she said. We will continue to provide updates on the impact of school operations through our regular communication channels, the Volusia County School social media pages, Twitter and Facebook.”

The district has approximately 66,000 students in approximately 90 schools.

Individuals can also text “yes” to 67587 to receive text updates from the VCS before, during and after the storm.

More information can be found at District Storm Resource Center web page of

Multiple local universities announce closures

Flagler Schools has not canceled any classes or activities as of Tuesday morning, but will communicate the changes to families and employees via phone, email, social media, and the district and school website.

Many local colleges and universities are also changing their schedules. Daytona State University has canceled all classes and activities on all campuses on Wednesday and Thursday.

DeLand’s Stetson College has canceled in-person classes Wednesday through Friday.

Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach announced an evacuation starting Monday and moved all classes online starting Tuesday.

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