The Ringling College of Art and Design campus is operating as usual.
Sarasota and Manatee county beaches are experiencing higher than usual symptoms of red tide. The Ringling College campus is not currently affected.
About Red Tide
What is Red Tide?
A red tide, or harmful algae bloom, is a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic algae (plant-like organism). In Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, the species that causes most red tides is Karenia brevis, often abbreviated as K. brevis. To distinguish K. brevis blooms from red tides caused by other species of algae, researchers in Florida call it “Florida red tide.”
How does this affect Ringling College?
At this point, the Ringling College campus is not affected. We are operating as usual.
Can students still go to the beach?
Currently, several beaches are being monitored for higher than usual red tide levels. According to Mote Marine Laboratory, “Some people experience respiratory irritation (coughing, sneezing, tearing and an itchy throat) when the Florida red tide organism, K. brevis, is present and winds blow onshore. Offshore winds usually keep respiratory effects experienced by those on the shore to a minimum. The Florida Department of Health advises people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions, such as emphysema or asthma, to avoid red tide areas.”
“Swimming is safe for most people. However, the Florida red tide can cause some people to suffer skin irritation and burning eyes. People with respiratory illness may also experience respiratory irritation in the water. Use common sense. If you are particularly susceptible to irritation from plant products, avoid an area with a red tide bloom. If you experience irritation, get out of the water and thoroughly wash off. Do not swim among dead fish because they can be associated with harmful bacteria.”
We schedule campus-wide tests twice a year. During the test you could receive alert messages via four different modes of communication:
If you would like to update your contact information, please follow the instructions below.
Update Contact Information
As part of the Ringling Community, you could receive alert messages via four different modes of communication:
If you feel that your contact information is not current in our system:
Students - Contact Jessica Nagy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Faculty/Staff - Contact Human Resources
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