ST. PETERSBURG — Students from three schools will be relocated on Tuesday as police look for a man who fatally shot a St. Petersburg police officer late Monday.
School officials said the Campbell Park Elementary, Melrose Elementary and John Hopkins Middle School campuses will be closed on Tuesday.
Students from Campbell Park will have classes at Fairmount Park Elementary School and students from Melrose will have classes at Perkins Elementary School. Students from Hopkins Middle School students will be relocated to Thurgood Marshall Middle School.
Also, there will be no bus pickup today for any students who live inside the perimeter bounded by Fifth and 15th avenues S and Fourth and 16th streets S.
Pinellas County School District spokeswoman Andrea Zahn said the three schools will be closed until the conclusion of the search for the suspect. Relocated students could be moved back to their schools on Tuesday, Zahn said.
School officials will reevaluate on Wednesday if the search continues, she said.
"We're working hand-in-hand with police," Zahn said.
Parents received an automated phone call early Tuesday about the change.
Teachers at Perkins Elementary were preparing to welcome students from Melrose Elementary.
"It'll work. We always make things work. You always have to have a Plan B," said Sandra Rosado, fifth grade Spanish teacher at Perkins. She was carrying a big bag of decorated candy treat bags, filled with M&Ms that she had planned to give her students as part of a presentation Tuesday. Was she prepared for the additional students? "I have extra," she said, holding up another big bag of M&Ms. "You always have a Plan B."
That sentiment was echoed by Audrey Reali, a Perkins first grade teacher. "You make it work. You do what you have to do, what's best for the kids. A lot of it is, if the kids see you upset, they'll be upset. You have to be positive and put on your game face," she said.