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Baldwin County School Officials: No need to close school Monday; other systems closed for Columbus Day

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Baldwin County School Superintendent Eddie Tyler says he does not see a need to close school for students on Monday, October 9. 

Officials, who remain in close contact with emergency and county officials, are keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Nate. 

In a press release, Tyler said, "Tropical storm force wind is anticipated to begin Saturday mid afternoon but rain and wind could arrive earlier. This is said to be a fast-moving storm which works to our favor. Four to six inches of rain are anticipated. Weather Service officials say conditions will greatly improve Sunday afternoon and the storm will be well out of area Monday.

At this point, I do not see a need to close school Monday. It depends mainly on the conditions of roads and I won’t know that until Sunday afternoon.

SAT tests set to be administered Saturday morning WILL continue. However, all other Baldwin County Public Schools activities Saturday and Sunday are cancelled, including all trips out of county on Saturday and Sunday.

There are NO changes to Friday night football. I’ve been asked about communication from us should e-mail service not be available."

Some schools in the FOX10 news viewing area will not be in session on Monday, but it's due to that day being Columbus Day. That includes Mobile County Public Schools, Saraland City Schools, Clarke County Public Schools and, Escambia County, Fla., schools.

For Satsuma City Schools, students will be on fall break Monday through Wednesday.

Mobile County Public Schools announced that Saturday activities -- with the exception of the SAT -- have been canceled. Friday night football is on. Wherever Nate makes landfall, the impact is expected to be over by Monday morning, MCPSS said in its announcement.that "Monday was already scheduled as a teacher work day, meaning students do not have class at all but one of our schools (Fonde). MCPSS plans to operate on its regular schedule Monday, with employees coming into work and with Fonde Elementary being in session."

Due to the expected impact of Tropical Storm Nate on the Mobile area, the University of South Alabama is canceling all classes, labs and student activities on the main campus and all Baldwin County campuses for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Marx Library, Student Center and Student Recreation Center also will be closed. 

Students who live on campus will be permitted to stay in their residence halls. The Dining Hall will operate on a regular schedule, and University Police, Residence Hall staff and Maintenance staff will be on campus. The Student Health Center will be open for normal hours on Monday. 
In case of emergency, students should call USA Police at (251) 460-6312.

All non-essential University offices also will be closed on Monday. Employees with questions should check with their supervisors to determine if they will need to report to work. USA Health’s hospitals and clinics will operate on normal schedules. 

USA anticipates resuming a normal schedule on Tuesday. However, students and employees should monitor their email accounts for updates.

Due to Tropical Storm Nate, the University of Mobile campus will be closed noon Saturday. Information on reopening campus will be posted on the university website at www.umobile.edu by 10 a.m. Monday. Classes are cancelled Monday. Unless notified otherwise on the UM website or UM Alert system, classes will resume Tuesday. Details at umobile.edu/weather

The University of West Florida announced it will shut down operations from noon Saturday through Monday. All classes, events and online courses are to be suspended during that time. Normal operations will begin again Tuesday.

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