No buses, delayed start times for Leon County district schools Monday


All Leon County public schools will be open Monday, with the exception of SAIL High School and Sabal Palm Elementary School, Leon Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna said on Facebook Live Sunday evening.

Two tornadoes ripped through Tallahassee early Friday, leaving the city in disbelief — and darkness. Hanna said power has been restored to almost all schools, although there will be some changes to everyday school life for students and parents.

“Tomorrow we will make some adjustments, but we will open our schools that have the power and the capacity to accommodate students,” Hanna said.

He also said school buses would not operate due to road hazards such as fallen trees and power lines. Student absences will be excused due to hardship and all school start times will be postponed by 30 minutes. There will be no students on ACE or Lively campuses, including the pre-K program, he added.

“Although my personal vehicle can navigate the roads, our buses simply won’t be able to do it. There are still too many lines that are still down, trees that are leaning over there and our buses are not getting anywhere,” Hanna said.

Despite the changes, dismissal times will remain the same, before-school care will continue, and cafeteria meals will be served.

However, the Advanced Placement and Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) exams are postponed due to internet instability. Hanna said all LCS employees should report to work as normal.

The 30-minute delay will reset the elementary school start time to 9 a.m., the middle school start time to 10 a.m. and the high school start time to 8 a.m. to give parents time to arrange transportation for their students.

In a separate email, SAIL High School Principal Matt Roberson told students and families that he “expects power to be restored so students can return on Tuesday.”

Alaijah Brown covers children and families for the Tallahassee Democrat. She can be reached at

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