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School closings: Palm Beach County, St. Lucie Co. public schools, Community Christian in Stuart

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Palm Beach County school officials say schools are closed Friday because of flooding.

St. Lucie County public schools are also closed Friday because of sanitation concerns related to Thursday's weather, Superintendent Genelle Yost said.

"Sanitation is an absolute must and we cannot take a chance on the safety of our students or our employees," Yost said late Thursday.

Yost said waste water services are not expected to be resolved in portions of St. Lucie County, mainly the Fort Pierce area by Friday morning. Yost referred a reporter to the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority for more information but utility representatives did not return calls for comment.

"My understanding is that we've got possible waste that will be in our streets tomorrow. We've got lift stations at several of our schools and they cannot guarantee that they will be up and functioning tomorrow morning."

Yost said 12 month employees will still be expected to report to work Friday.

"We need to check out our facilities," Yost said. "We need to do whatever is necessary to make certain everything is in order for Monday morning when students return."

Whether or not the district will have to make up the day off is unknown at this point, Yost said.

"That will have to be discussed with the governor," she said.

Martin County
WPTV NewsChannel 5 has confirmed that Community Christian Academy in Stuart is also closed Friday because of flooding.

Martin County public schools will be open Friday.

Other St. Lucie schools
These St. Lucie charter schools have announced they will be closed Friday as of 10:45 p.m.:

College Preparatory Academy and Imagine-Nau Charter School, both in Port St. Lucie.

Jackson's Daycare Center in Riviera Beach will be closed Friday due to flooding.

Head Start Preschool in St. Lucie County will be closed.

John Carroll High School will be open Friday. According to a news release from the school, the roads in the area are draining quickly and there are no sanitation issues at the school.

Saint James Christian Academy's Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce campuses are closed due to weather on Friday. The pre-school is open.

WPTV has contributed to this report.


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