After the hurricane: Sorting out what's next in Ruskin and Florida

Posted: September 30, 2022

The devastation across Florida from Hurricane Ian is staggering. Our hearts are with all those who have been affected and particularly with our colleagues and students who are still assessing next steps after the storm.

We know several went inland to avoid the worst of it only to get hit there when Ian shifted course just before landfall.

It will take some time for everyone to recover and before any sense of “normalcy” returns.

Our Ruskin Campus suffered only minor damage – several trees came down at the back of the parking lot. However, we are having issues with power. There is still not enough electricity to fully operate campus. This is something we are working through with TECO, our local utility service.

At this moment, we are not confident campus will re-open for face-to-face instruction on Monday. We will send further messaging through the weekend as we learn more.

For now, focus on yourself and continue your efforts with the virtual learning experiences from this past week.

We understand how disrupted everything is and your priority should be your safety and reorienting yourself. We will return to campus as soon as it is feasible. When we do, we recognize there will be delays and adjustments that will be needed. We will be as accommodating as possible. See you soon.  
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