Hurricane Irma: Information on school closures

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Monday school updates

Orange County Public Schools has scheduled the following four make-up days: Oct. 27, Nov. 20, Nov. 21 and Feb. 19.

Thursday school updates

Seminole County schools reopen Monday. The make-up dates are Oct. 16, Oct. 17, Dec. 22, Mar. 16, 2018.

Polk County will now not reopen until Tuesday, Sept. 19 because power outages.

Lake County schools will reopen Tuesday; employees return Monday.

Orange County Public Schools will reopen Monday. 

Marion County schools will reopen Monday. 

Valencia College reopens Friday.

Wednesday school updates

Orange County schools will be closed Friday as some campuses are still without power.

Flagler County schools will resume Monday. All extracurricular activities, athletic practices and competitions are canceled until Monday.

Osceola County schools will be closed through Friday. Students will return on Monday.

Daytona State College will reopen Monday.

Sumter County schools will be closed through the end of the week. Students will return on Monday.

Lake County schools will be closed through Friday. 

Volusia County schools will be closed Thursday and Friday, and will reopen Monday. No school activities or athletics until Monday.

Brevard County schools reopens Monday.

Tuesday school updates

Seminole County Public Schools will remain closed Thursday and Friday

The earliest classes will resume at the Barry University Orlando Law School campus and at all other Barry locations will be Monday 

Volusia County schools aim to reopen Thursday

Orange County schools closed through Thursday

Brevard County schools will be closed Wednesday. 

Florida Polytechnic University closed through Friday

Lake County Schools to remain closed on Wednesday

Osceola County school to remain closed Wednesday

Sumter County schools closed Wednesday

University of Central Florida will resume classes on Monday. 

Monday: 5:00 p.m.

  • Seminole County Public Schools will be closed through Wednesday 
  • Valencia College will reopen Friday.

Monday: 1:20 p.m.

  • Brevard County schools are closed until further notice.
  • Volusia County schools closed through Wednesday.

Monday: 11:30 a.m.

  • Lake County schools will be closed through Tuesday.
  • Flagler County schools will be closed until Thursday. 

Sunday: 3:00 p.m.

  • Father Lopez Catholic High School closed through Tuesday.

Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

  • Polk County schools will be closed through Tuesday.

Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

  • Osceola County schools now closed through Tuesday. All 12-month employees should check with their supervisor on Monday afternoon to determine their status for Tuesday. Student make-up days will not be required.
  • Valencia College is closed through Tuesday.
  • UCF is closed through Wednesday. 

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.:

  • Volusia County schools now closed through Tuesday. 
  • Orange County schools now closed through Tuesday.
  • Flagler County schools closed through Tuesday.

Friday 7:30 a.m.:

The University of Central Florida's football game against Memphis originally scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Spectrum Stadium has been canceled.

It's not clear yet if the game will be rescheduled later in the season.

The school has canceled classes through Tuesday.

 

Update: Thursday 8:00 p.m.

Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday night that he had directed all public schools and state colleges, universities and offices to close Friday through at least Monday.

He released the following statement:

“Today, I am directing the closure of all public schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices for their normal activities effective Friday through Monday, to ensure we have every space available for sheltering and staging.

Floridians are facing a life-threatening storm in Hurricane Irma, and every family must prepare to evacuate. Our state’s public schools serve a vital role in our communities as shelters for displaced residents and staging areas for hurricane recovery efforts.

Closing public schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices will provide local and state emergency officials the flexibility necessary to support shelter and emergency response efforts.”

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School districts in Central Florida are preparing for the worst as Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Caribbean and then shifted eastward Wednesday.

The powerful Category 5 storm maintained 185 mph Tuesday and Wednesday. Winds were down to 175 mph Thursday and Friday.

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The scope of a threat to Central Florida is still unclear.

Below is information on how school districts are preparing in anticipation of the storm.

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Seminole County

Seminole County Public Schools will be closed Monday. Schools will remain open on Thursday and Friday. 

 

 

Seminole State College will be closed Monday.

Orange County

Orange County Public Schools will be closed Friday through Tuesday. As of Friday, all activities, including weekend activities, are canceled. 

 

The Sept. 9 administration of the ACT, scheduled to be given at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando has been canceled.

The rescheduled test date will be posted at www.actstudent.org as soon as it is set.

Registered examinees will receive official notification from ACT. The announcement is only for examinees registered at Lake Highland Preparatory School.

Valencia College campuses will close starting Friday through Monday. All classes and events are cancelled and all non-essential employees are being asked to stay home.

University of Central Florida and Rollins College

The University of Central Florida has canceled classes from Thursday to Tuesday. 

This closure includes the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Health Sciences at Lake Nona campus and Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando, all of which follow main campus closure protocols. UCF regional locations will follow the decisions made by their respective host state college.

Although university housing remains open at this time, UCF urges students who live on campus to move to safe off-campus locations by noon on Friday.

The University of Central Florida's football game against Memphis originally scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Spectrum Stadium has been canceled.

It's not clear yet if the game will be rescheduled later in the season.

 

Rollins College will close Friday and Monday.

Brevard County

Brevard County schools will be closed Thursday and Friday, and will be closed until further notice. School-related activities will be canceled. 

Volusia County

All Volusia County schools will be closed Friday through Tuesday. Several schools will open as shelters on Saturday; those schools and opening times will be announced by Volusia County Emergency Management. Any decisions regarding further changes to school schedules will be made on Monday.  

All activities, events and programs scheduled for Friday through Monday are cancelled or will be rescheduled:

  • All JV football games have been moved to Wednesday, Sept. 6, or rescheduled for a later date
  • All varsity football games have been moved to Thursday, Sept. 7
  • All weekend athletic competitions and practices and extra-curricular activities are cancelled
  • The extended day programs at elementary schools will be closed on Friday, Sept. 8, and Monday, Sept. 11
  • The ACT test scheduled for area high schools on Saturday, Sept. 9, has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. FSA retakes and EOC makeup tests have been postponed. 

Embry-Riddle will close its Daytona Beach campus starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in light of Hurricane Irma's potential impacts on the region.

All campus activities and athletic events scheduled through Tuesday are cancelled.

Father Lopez Catholic High School in Daytona Beach will be closed Friday through Tuesday.

Polk County

Polk County school will be closed Friday. 

 

 

Some Junior Varsity football games are being moved from Thursday to Wednesday, while Varsity football games were were moved form Friday to Thursday. All other sporting events scheduled for Friday or Saturday have been postponed, and will be rescheduled at a later date, the school district said. 

 

Lake County

UPDATE: Lake County schools will remain closed until further notice. "After the storm, our employees may need time to assess the damage at their homes, and we will need to make sure out campuses are safe and accessible before we reopen schools," the district said in a press release. 

EARLIER: Lake County school officials said on Twitter that schools will release students early on Friday and close on Monday. 

 

 

 

Marion County

Marion County Public Schools will be closed Friday through Tuesday due to Hurricane Irma. 

Osceola County

All Osceola district public schools will be closed on Friday and Monday. All school activities, events and programs scheduled for those days are canceled. 

All schools will be in session Thursday as normal and current plans are for schools to reopen on Tuesday.

A number of Osceola schools are needed as early as Friday as shelters for residents in Osceola County, as well as for those Floridians evacuating from the south and coastal counties.

 

 

The following football games have been rescheduled from Friday to Thursday: 

Poinciana at Liberty - 7:00 p.m.

Gateway at St. Cloud - 7:30 p.m.

Cypress Creek at Celebration - Double header

JV - 5:00 p.m. and Varsity - 7:30 p.m.-Waiting on confirmation regarding Osceola at Viera

JV games at Liberty and Osceola have been canceled.

Flagler County

Flager County schools will be closed Friday through Tuesday. All after-school activities, as well as all weekend activities, have been canceled.

Sumter County 

Schools will have early dismissal Friday. Elementary will release at 12:20 p.m. and while high schools and middle schools will be released at 1:20 pm. Schools will be closed Monday. 

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