The Polk School District wants to make sure that students, parents, faculty and staff are able to get around safely on Thursday morning with the threat of severe weather hanging over the area, and announced that they will delay opening in the morning by two hours to do so.

Superintendent Laurie Atkins sent along the message that went out district-wide this evening that school will now start two hours later.

Those who ride the bus will need to be at their stops two hours later than their normal time in order to report to school in a timely fashion on Thursday.

Here’s the full announcement:

The District had already called off afternoon activities for all campuses earlier today.

Along with the PSD’s announcement for delayed opening on Thursday, the National Weather Service now has a Flash Flood Watch in effect. Starting at 5:51 p.m. and continuing through Thursday morning.

Rainfall in Polk County continued this afternoon and into the early evening hours as another round of severe weather is set to move in later this evening. Gusts as high as 25 mph are expected by forecasters in Peachtree City, and rainfall of at least an inch and upward of two inches.

Expect the weather forecast to update several more times this evening as additional information comes in.

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