Current Status

Thursday, September 14, 7:30 PM:

Friday, September 15th, is a work day for all staff. Bus drivers and bus assistants are not scheduled to work. Schools without power are notifying their staff not to report tomorrow, but to remain on call to report if power is restored during the day. Students are scheduled to return on Monday, September 18th.


Wednesday, September 13, 12:18 PM:

Superintendent Kurt Browning's thank-you message to everyone who helped out before, during and after Hurricane Irma:



Monday, September 11, 3:30 pm:

Update for Administrators - Click here to read the update.

PLACE will re-open on Monday. Due to Hurricane Irma and the closing of schools during the week of September 11, 2017, PLACE clients will not have to pay tuition for the week. Tuition payments will resume on Monday, September 18, 2017.


Monday, September 11, 11:00 AM:

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (September 11, 2017) – After reassessing the situation in shelters, our revised tentative plan is to reopen schools on Monday, September 18.

In an effort to prepare schools for the return of students, we still are mobilizing the return of custodians on Tuesday.  Custodial staff that assisted with shelters will be given consideration when the clean-up schedule is developed. The plan is for all remaining staff to return to work on Friday, September 15.

This plan is subject to change.   If we are unable to restore schools to acceptable operational levels by Friday, we will not resume classes on Monday.  We will notify everyone of any changes.

No athletic team practices or other student functions will resume until Friday, at the earliest.

Evacuees continue to clear out of shelters, and buses are being coordinated to transport those without their own transportation from every shelter that needs them.



5:00 PM, Sunday Sept. 10, 2017:  Pasco County has issued a curfew order from 1900 hours Sunday, September 10, 2017 until 1100 hours Monday, September 11, 2017.

Click here to see real time updates of shelters at the Pasco EOC Shelter site.

Pasco County Schools shelters are locked down and secured. Everyone should be inside. No one will be turned away, but many shelters are at capacity and placing evacuees in non—hurricane-hardened spaces. Citizens who plan to evacuate, do it NOW.
There no longer is public transportation available in Pasco County to transport people to shelters. Evacuees must be able to transport themselves or should seek shelter in their homes in interior rooms away from windows.

Pasco County Schools shelters will begin locking down at noon, so we urge anyone considering evacuating to do so immediately. Schools with the most available space include Sanders, Odessa, Connerton, Pine View, Oakstead, Odessa, and Veterans elementary schools.

All Pasco County Schools and PLACE programs will be closed on Friday, September 8, Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The following shelters will open Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. and will begin accepting pets at 4 p.m. Owners must bring pet carriers, leash, vaccination records, food, water, and any other supplies needed for their pets. Please click here for a list of supplies to bring with your pet:

  • Sunlake High School, (HAS REACHED CAPACITY FOR PETS) - 3023 Sunlake Blvd., Land O Lakes
  • Centennial Middle School HAS REACHED CAPACITY
  • Fivay High School HAS REACHED CAPACITY
  • Wiregrass Ranch High School HAS REACHED CAPACITY
  • Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter, located at 11611 Denton Ave., Hudson. (*Special Needs Only. Special needs residents must contact Pasco County Customer).  Service at 727.847.2411 to register for accommodation.

Pasco County is also continuing to open hurricane shelters for residents without pets. The following shelters will open Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11 a.m.:

  • River Ridge Middle/High School, 11646 Town Center Rd., New Port Richey
  • Wesley Chapel High School HAS REACHED CAPACITY
  • Raymond B. Stewart Middle School HAS REACHED CAPACITY
  • Thomas E. Weightman Middle School, 30649 Wells Rd., Wesley Chapel
  • Pasco Middle School HAS REACHED CAPACITY
  • New River Elementary School, 4710 River Glen Blvd., Wesley Chapel

The following shelters will be opening Friday, September 8, 2017 at 4 p.m.:

  • Longleaf Elementary School HAS REACHED CAPACITY
  • Odessa Elementary School, 12810 Interloken Rd., New Port Richey
  • Schraeder Elementary School HAS REACHED CAPACITY
  • Trinity Elementary School HAS REACHED CAPACITY

The following shelters will be opening Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.:

  • Connerton Elementary School, (HAS REACHED CAPACITY FOR PETS) 9300 Flourish Drive, Land O' Lakes, FL 34637
  • Double Branch Elementary School, 31500 Chancey Road, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
  • Oakstead Elementary School, (HAS REACHED CAPACITY FOR PETS) 19925 Lake Patience Road, Land O Lakes, FL 34638
  • Pine View Elementary School, (HAS REACHED CAPACITY FOR PETS) 5333 Parkway Boulevard, Land O Lakes, FL 34639
  • Sanders Elementary School, (HAS REACHED CAPACITY FOR PETS) 5126 School Road, Land O' Lakes, FL 34638
  • Seven Oaks Elementary School, 27633 Mystic Oak Boulevard, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
  • Veterans Elementary School, 26940 Progress Parkway, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

The following shelter will be opening Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 9:30 p.m.:

  • J. W. Mitchell High School HAS REACHED CAPACITY


Citizens should first attempt to find shelter with neighbors, relatives or friends. If that is not an option, citizens can self-evacuate to the shelter. For assistance getting to a shelter, call Pasco County Customer Service at 727.847.2411.

Visit for updates on Hurricane Irma and for the latest actions Pasco County is taking. Citizens are also encouraged to visit the Pasco County Emergency Management website for more information about preparing for hurricanes or other disasters:


LINK - Important Hurricane Irma Update & Safety Information from the Florida Highway Patrol


Video Transcript:

Hello!  I’m Kurt Browning, Pasco County Superintendent of Schools with an update on Hurricane Irma.  We all know that hurricane paths can change from one update to the next.  Based on what we know now, and after consultation with Pasco County emergency operations leaders, we will need to open shelters in schools beginning Friday morning.  That means we will have to close all schools on Friday.  Although you may question why we are closing all schools, there are good reasons.

First, the EOC doesn’t want school buses full of school children on the roads as evacuees from other parts of the state are arriving here.  We expect thousands of south and east coast Floridians to seek shelter here, or to pass through on their way further north.  We also use school buses to help evacuate special needs citizens to shelters. 

Our food and nutrition services staff work in the shelters providing meals to evacuees.  Likewise, our maintenance and other employees staff the shelters.  Principals whose schools are used as shelters have to prepare for evacuees and staff the shelter as long as people are still there.

We also want to allow our employees time to prepare their homes and property for the impact of the storm.  The governor has closed all state offices on Friday, as well.

All sports and extracurricular activities are canceled for Friday and over the weekend. 

There’s a good chance that schools will be closed on Monday, but no decision has been made in that regard.  We will contact everyone on Sunday by phone and email, and will post information on the district and school websites and on district social media sites.  We also will notify media as decisions are made.

Please continue to make preparations.  Secure your homes, stock up on flashlight batteries, water and non-perishable foods.  Don’t forget your pets.

Everyone be safe!  We will continue to post updates online, and will be in touch regarding the status of schools next week.


To keep everyone informed, here are some helpful links:

Pasco County Links

The Pasco County Office of Emergency Management encourages all Pasco County residents to review the Pasco County Disaster Planning Guide, which you can find at

Additional Links