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Florida school districts, universities, are preparing for Hurricane Dorian


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Florida school districts, universities, are preparing for Hurricane Dorian

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Florida school districts, universities, are preparing for Hurricane Dorian

It's increasingly more likely that Hurricane Dorian will cause a disruption in Florida, including at school campuses. As the storm approaches with landfall slated for Labor Day as a Category 3 storm, officials are closely monitoring the situation and determining what safeguards, if any, need to be put in place. So far, no class cancellations have been announced and many officials have said they'll likely have more information on a district plan later on Thursday. More from WKMG, WOFL, and WJXT.

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» Worried about Dorian? Pasco-Hernando State College has an expo for that.
» UCF parents: Here's how to get updates as Dorian approaches
» Polk State is monitoring Hurricane Dorian
» EFSC Officials Carefully Monitoring Hurricane Dorian
» How Dorian could affect FSU-BSU game
» Hurricane Dorian cancels sporting events for Seminole County schools

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