Out of an abundance of caution, and due to the probability of high winds, excessive rain and possible tornadoes tomorrow, all non-charter Bay District Schools will be closed Thursday, Feb. 6th, the district announced Wednesday afternoon.
Superintendent Bill Husfelt noted that it's a difficult decision to close school.
"I believe it's best to err on the side of caution given the risk of flooding, up to 6 inches of rain and severe storms," he said in a post on their Facebook page.
Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton school districts will remain open Thursday, according to Okaloosa Schools spokesman Steve Horton.
Husfelt, who noted that the school day may have to be made up pending guidance from the Florida DOE, added that all 10-month employees (teachers, paras, bus drivers etc.) would also not report to work on Thursday. All 12-month employees should report as normal in the morning and await further instructions, the post said.
After consulting with meteorologists at WMBB and WJHG, along with the weather experts at the National Weather Service, Husfelt said he believes the possibility of winds of up to 70 mph precludes safe travel to and from school for students.
"So many of our families are still dealing with so much after the storm," he said, "I don't want them to worry about the safety of their students tomorrow."