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Manatee County public schools will open Tuesday after Tropical Storm Isaac

MANATEE -- Manatee County public schools will resume classes Tuesday after a day off Monday due to Tropical Storm Isaac, a news release said.

School officials are in communication with Manatee County Emergency Management officials monitoring the storm. If plans to open schools Tuesday change, information will be provided through phone messages, the school district website, and media outlets, the release said.

Manatee County officials lowered their Emergency Operations Center activation levels Monday morning. As of 11 a.m., Manatee and the rest of the west coast of Florida were not under a tropical storm warning.

There were 20 people at two school shelters Monday morning, Steve Simpson, EOC operations chief. Shelters closed Monday.

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to reach Louisiana by Tuesday or Wednesday as a Category 1 hurricane, according to Tyler Fleming, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

Manatee County can anticipate rain for the next couple of days, Simpson said at a 7 a.m. EOC briefing Monday.

The Manatee County School Board will hold a special meeting 5:45 p.m. Thursday The school board's scheduled meeting for Monday was canceled due to the storm. The school board will meet at School Support Center at 215 Manatee Ave. W.