Governor Rick Scott directs closures of all K-12 public schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Governor Rick Scott announced Thursday that all public K-12 schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices will be closed Friday through Monday.

“Today [Thursday], I am directing the closure of all public schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices for their normal activities effective Friday through Monday, to ensure we have every space available for sheltering and staging. Floridians are facing a life-threatening storm in Hurricane Irma, and every family must prepare to evacuate. Our state’s public schools serve a vital role in our communities as shelters for displaced residents and staging areas for hurricane recovery efforts. Closing public schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices will provide local and state emergency officials the flexibility necessary to support shelter and emergency response efforts," Governor Scott said.

Officials from Gulf Coast School for Autism are also closing on Friday and Monday.