Bay District Schools planned to close due to hurricane

Superintendent Bill Husfelt said the decision is actually more founded in mental health...
Superintendent Bill Husfelt said the decision is actually more founded in mental health concerns than anything else.(WJHG)
Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 3:41 PM CDT
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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE 09/27/22 10:24 a.m.: Bay District Schools will officially be closed on Thursday. According to the district, a decision about Friday’s operations will be made on Wednesday.

Wednesday was already scheduled as a planning day for staff with no students attending schools.

All extra-curricular activites planned for Thursday will also be canceled, including practices, games, and other sporting events.

According to Superintendent Husfelt, the decision was mostly made for mental health concerns.

“Right now, it doesn’t look like we are going to get very much in the way of bad weather on Thursday or Friday,” Husfelt said. “But it’s possible and I know that possibility is very concerning for our residents and families since we have all been through so much.”

More information can be found on their Facebook page.

Bay District Schools sent out a statement Monday afternoon regarding possible school closures in the wake of Hurricane Ian.

The statement read as follows:

“We are all watching the storm’s track closely and are wondering about impacts to our area and whether or not it will be necessary to close schools. We are not ready to make that decision today but do expect to make a determination tomorrow. When we do make an announcement, you’ll be able to connect with us on social media and via the mainstream media and we will use Everbridge to send out phone calls and text messages. In the meantime, please just stay weather aware and make sure you have updated your contact information in Parent Portal so we can reach you in an emergency.”

In addition, BDS also sent out a video with Superintendent William V. Husfelt III discussing the decision-making process of severe weather and the school district.

“So we’re looking to make sure we make the best decision for everybody,” Superintendent Husfelt said. “But the number one factor is the safety of everyone.”

The full video announcement can be found here.