ALL schools will be closed today.
The Ministry of Education issued the order yesterday as Tropical Storm Sandy slow-marched north across the Caribbean Sea toward Jamaica.
The ministry also instructed all schools to activate their emergency plans immediately, and advised that if they function as disaster relief centres they should put in safe keeping all important documents and educational materials.
However, several schools closed early yesterday, asking that parents pick up their children as the news circulated that the Met Service had upgraded Jamaica from a tropical storm watch to a hurricane watch.
That action followed an earlier bulletin to schools from the education ministry advising administrators to take the necessary precaution.
Principal of Rousseau Primary School Owen Speid said that he was waiting for a further advisory from the ministry but intended to send home students a couple hours earlier than the usual closing time yesterday.
Campion College Principal Grace Baston, however, said she saw no reason to dismiss classes early yesterday. She said, though, that she will abide by the advisory from the ministry to close the school today and administrators will be in touch with parents by e-mail or text messages to say when it will be reopened.