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Weather Advisory

    November 12, 2020, 9:30 a.m. ET

    Information for University Campus Students

    Shelter-in-place notice lifted for University Campus
    At this time (Thursday, November 12), Saint Leo University’s Hurricane Response Team has lifted the shelter-in-place notice for all University Campus students living in the residence halls and given the “all clear” notice. Tropical Storm Eta has passed our area, and students now may resume normal activities. Everyone is asked to be mindful of any debris created by the tropical storm.

    Dining services will reopen as follows:

    • The Dining Hall will serve breakfast from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today, and lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. Normal hours will resume for dinner service.
    • Fuz and Benedict’s Coffeehouse will open at noon today.

    The Fitness Center will reopen at noon today.  All athletic fields will remain closed due to heavy saturation, with the exception of the Turf Field which is open for use.

    As a reminder, classes will be held in the Connected Classroom today, November 12. In-person classes and normal office hours will resume on Friday, November 13.

    Thank you for your cooperation during this weather event and for maintaining our COVID-19 safety protocols during this time.

    Information for Education Center Students

    Saint Leo University resumes business as usual
    The Saint Leo University Hurricane Response Team has issued the “all clear” following Tropical Storm Eta for all west coast and west central Florida locations.  While our Florida east coast locations will continue to feel the effects of Eta throughout the day, a return to normal conditions is expected by late this afternoon.  Consequently, classes will be held this evening as anticipated at all center locations.

    As a reminder, the following locations will continue to offer support virtually throughout the day:

    • East Pasco Education Center
    • Pasco Hernando Education Offices
    • Tampa Education Center
    • MacDill Education Office
    • Ocala Education Center
    • Lake City Education Center
    • Jacksonville Education Center
    • Mayport Education Center

    Thank you for your cooperation and attention to these important weather communications.

    Information for Employees

    Saint Leo University issues the “all clear”
    The Saint Leo University Hurricane Response Team has issued the “all clear” following Tropical Storm Eta for all west coast and west central Florida locations.  Everyone is asked to be mindful of any debris created by the storm and take appropriate precautions. Staff and faculty at the following locations may resume normal operations:

    • University Campus
    • East Pasco Education Center
    • Pasco Hernando Education Offices
    • Tampa Education Center
    • MacDill Education Office
    • Ocala Education Center

    In-person classes will resume at University Campus on Friday, November 13. While our Florida east coast locations will continue to feel the effects of Eta throughout the day, a return to normal conditions is expected by late this afternoon. Consequently, classes will be held this evening as anticipated at all Florida center locations.

    Please join us in thanking and recognizing the efforts of the staff who worked throughout the night to monitor the effects of the storm and support our residential students, as well as though who are working throughout today to restore campus to its normal operations. 

    Previous Updates

    Select Saint Leo Center facilities in Florida closed on Thursday
    Due to the impact of Tropical Storm Eta, several Saint Leo University Education Center facilities will be closed, and staff and faculty will be working virtually on Thursday, November 12. The following centers will be working virtually:

    • Lake City Education Center: (386) 200-3776
    • Jacksonville Education Center: (352) 800-7146
    • Mayport Education Center: (904) 853-3339

    These changes are in addition to the previous announcement regarding the Tampa, MacDill, East Pasco, and Ocala locations. Currently, the university anticipates reopening for evening classes on November 12. The Hurricane Response Team will continue to assess the impact of the storm and issue additional communications should classes need to move to a virtual format.

    Please look for additional information to be shared via the university’s emergency management system, website, email, and social media channels.

    Information for Students

    Saint Leo University to hold classes at some locations virtually on November 12
    In response to Tropical Storm Eta, the Saint Leo University Hurricane Response Team has made the decision to hold all classes at University Campus virtually through the Connected Classroom option on Thursday, November 12. This means that students should plan to attend classes virtually through Zoom during normally scheduled times.

    A decision on education center evening classes will be made when more information becomes available on the storm’s impact.

    Students should look for additional information to be shared via the university’s emergency management system, website, email, and social media channels. The Saint Leo University Hurricane Response Team will continue to meet and issue additional communications as needed.

    Information for Employees

    Saint Leo University implements work from home for November 12
    Out of an abundance of caution in response to Tropical Storm Eta, Saint Leo University will allow staff and faculty to work from home on Thursday, November 12. Personnel supporting the storm response and our residential students are expected to report to campus in accordance with guidance from their supervisor.

    Additionally, all classes at University Campus will be held virtually through the Connected Classroom option on November 12. A decision on education center evening classes will be made when more information becomes available on the storm’s impact.

    Faculty and staff should look for additional information to be shared via the university’s emergency management system, website, email, and social media channels. The Saint Leo University Hurricane Response Team will continue to meet and issue additional communications as needed.

    Saint Leo issues shelter in place for University Campus

    The Saint Leo University Hurricane Response Team has issued a shelter in place for all University Campus students living in the residence halls, effective at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, November 11). While Eta has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, weather reports show that conditions will include heavy winds and thunderstorms as well as the potential for tornadoes.  Tropical conditions may begin impacting the area as early as 3 p.m. this afternoon.

    Shelter in place means residential students must stay in their residence hall. Students may not leave their building for their own safety. As soon as the storm is past and the university has ascertained that the grounds are safe, an “all clear” message will be sent. 

    Please remember to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines by wearing your mask and practicing social distancing. Follow occupancy limits in common spaces in your hall, as well as the instructions of Residence Life and University Safety staff.  If you have an emergency, please contact University Safety at (352) 588-8432.  For any non-emergency assistance, please contact your resident assistant (RA).

    The Saint Leo University Hurricane Response Team will be meeting again this evening to continue to assess the storm and plans for tomorrow. Please look for additional information to be shared via the university’s emergency management system, website, email, and social media channels.

    Information for University Campus Students

    Saint Leo University issues update on Hurricane Eta

    Saint Leo University is closely monitoring the projected path of Hurricane Eta, which the latest weather reports show is tracking north, northeast toward the west coast of Florida. Several Saint Leo University locations in the Tampa Bay area and Florida will begin to experience tropical storm force wind gusts and rain starting this afternoon and potentially through tomorrow.

    While there are no classes today in observance of Veterans Day, the university is acting with an abundance of caution and encouraging students to remain indoors starting at 2 p.m. and to prepare in advance for dinner and breakfast.

    During lunch service today, the Dining Hall will be handing out meals for dinner and breakfast tomorrow. Students are highly encouraged to visit the Dining Hall today to pick up their dinner and breakfast. The Dining Hall, Lions’ Lair and Benedict’s Coffeehouse will be closing at 2 p.m. so employees can safely be at home during the storm.  General University offices will be closing at noon today; however, many services will remain available virtually throughout the remainder of today.

    The Saint Leo University Hurricane Response Team will be meeting again this afternoon to assess plans for tomorrow. Please look for additional information to be shared via the university’s emergency management system, website, email, and social media channels.

    Information for Employees

    Saint Leo University issues update on Hurricane Eta

    Saint Leo University is closely monitoring the projected path of Hurricane Eta, which the latest weather reports show is tracking north, northeast toward the west coast of Florida. Several Saint Leo University locations in the Tampa Bay area and Florida will begin to experience tropical storm force wind gusts and rain starting this afternoon and potentially lasting through tomorrow.

    Out of an abundance of caution, Saint Leo University is closing our administrative facilities at noon today and asking for all employees (with the exception of essential hurricane response personnel) at the following locations to work from home rather than on-site:

    • University Campus
    • East Pasco Education Center
    • Pasco Hernando Education Offices
    • Tampa Education Center
    • MacDill Education Office
    • Ocala Education Center

    Essential personnel in the areas of Dining Services, Facilities Management, and University Safety and other members of the Hurricane Response Team should contact their supervisor about plans specific to their areas. Employees whose positions do not allow work from home will need to code their time in Workday as a weather closure.

    The Saint Leo University Hurricane Response Team will be meeting again this afternoon to assess plans for tomorrow. Please look for information to be shared via the university’s emergency management system, website, email, and social media channels.

    Monitoring Tropical Storm Eta

    Saint Leo University is closely monitoring the projected path of Tropical Storm Eta as it makes its way through the Caribbean Sea. National Hurricane Center reports show that parts of Florida are within the storm’s five-day projected pathway.

    At this time, classes, business operations, and events on all campus and center locations are operating as scheduled.

    The university will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Eta in partnership with appropriate agencies. Additional updates will be provided when more information becomes available. Look for information to be shared via this website, Saint Leo University email, and social media channels.