More schools across the nation are closing their doors amid the school year amid the nation’s worst mass shooting in nearly two decades.
In Florida, a majority of schools closed Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Florida Department of Education.
The state reported at least 13 school closures nationwide, with more than half of those in the Tampa Bay area.
Florida has more than 100 school closures, according the Florida School Boards Association.
Nationwide, more than 1.2 million students were without a school during the school day, the AP reported.
That number is about 1 in 4 students.
At the school level, some districts are facing unprecedented financial and staffing challenges.
The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill reported a record $4.5 billion loss in 2016.
It said the loss will add to a $8 billion budget deficit.
More than 7,000 students and staff members at UNC-Chaps schools in Durham and Chapel Hill were put on administrative leave Wednesday, with a total of 11,700 employees laid off.
The school system reported $1.6 billion in revenue in 2016, the most recent year available, and its budget is expected to shrink $2.6 million in fiscal year 2019, the agency reported.
The loss of state employees will also hit UNC-CHaps students, said Carol Moore, a spokeswoman for the school system.
More:NCIS-ChAPel Hill said in a statement that its district will hire 200 more teachers, improve services and work to reduce student wait times and improve the health of its students.
The university also announced the formation of a task force to evaluate the state’s school systems, with members drawn from the private sector and government.
The task force will meet in early January to recommend strategies to “ensure that students are safe, are educated, and are supported,” UNC-Holland said.
In Virginia, the University of Richmond and the University College London announced that they will shutter their campuses as well.
University of Richmond Chancellor Peter Bierl issued a statement saying that the closures were “due to unprecedented security threats.”
In a statement, the universities said that they have made it a priority to protect the students and faculty of the University, as well as those of our partners and their staff, and to improve the safety of all students, faculty, and staff.
The statement said the closures will be permanent and that the universities will provide a plan to ensure continued support for students and their families.
Virginia’s governor, Terry McAuliffe, announced the closure of two campuses and a campus at the University System of Virginia, saying the closures are “unprecedented in scope and scale.”
McAuliffe said in his statement that the university system’s financial problems are exacerbated by “the failure of leadership to manage and manage effectively.”
More:The closures at the universities, and at both universities’ campuses in Virginia, will require the “full support of the governor,” McAuliffe said.
The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced that it will close all of its schools, as it closes schools in North Texas and other parts of the state, starting January 8.
In a news release, the DPS said the state “has a long history of protecting our most vulnerable students, staff, faculty and community members.”
The DPS said that “the state’s primary focus has been to protect students, and the safety and well-being of our students, employees and community, including providing safe environments and effective strategies for staff to deal with emergencies.”
The agency said the shutdowns will result in a “major loss of personnel” and “significant disruption” in the schools.