Hurricane Irma

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UPDATE 9/19/17 at 5:15 p.m.

Exclamation Point on Orange CircleBased on notification from Tallahassee we will be waiving two additional student instructional days.

The only remaining student makeup days are 10/16 and 10/17.

Students are required to attend school on these days.


UPDATE 9/14/17 5:15 p.m.

SCPS classes will resume on Monday, September 18, 2017.

As a result of our school closures stemming from Hurricane Irma, Seminole County students will be making up four of the six days missed.  The student make-up dates are:

  • Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Friday, March 16, 2018

Due to flooding and road damage across Seminole County, several stops have been moved beginning Monday, 9/18/17, for the safety of our students.

If you live in the affected areas, please visit the Transportation homepage to see if your stop has been moved.


UPDATE 9/12/17 - 5:20 p.m.

SCPS will remain CLOSED Thurs. 9/14 & Fri. 9/15.   This includes NO school-related extracurricular and athletic activities.

All 11 & 12-month employees must still report to work as normal. 

To help our community understand many of the variables and moving pieces that go into making school closure decisions, here's just a few of the reasons why we must extend our closure through Friday:

  1. We still have 26 schools without power. Without power, NO school.
  2. There are LOTS of tree limbs, flooded areas and debris blocking sidewalks and travel areas where many students walk or ride their bikes to get to school causing unsafe travel conditions for them.
  3. With traffic lights being out still at many locations across the county, as well as flooding in areas, and tree debris, transporting our students via our School Buses also becomes a hazard.
  4. Some of our schools have downed trees, debris, leaks, etc. that need to be addressed before it's SAFE for students to return.
  5. Food - Without electricity, food in freezers for our students will SPOIL. Even w/ power, we still have to wait for the delivery of FRESH Food to arrive before we can serve our students. There's also issues w/ water and lift stations for flushing toilets in bathrooms that also still have to be addressed, along w/ Boil Water Alerts in some of the county as well.
  6. While you and your neighbors may have power back, there's still approx. 67% of the county still without it! FPL & Duke can't guarantee full restoration until 12 a.m. on Sunday (9/17) at best.  We also recognize that gas is scarce.  Without power or fuel, many of our families may find transporting their children to school difficult as many gas stations in the area are still out of service.  In addition, we know some of our families and staff likely suffered major damage to their residences.  We understand their focus and attention is most-likely fully-focused on keeping their family safe and restoring their residences as best they can.
  7. We still have many residents and staff who evacuated with their families to flee the storm and are now safely returning back or trying to make arrangements to do so.

We understand the inconveniences a major Hurricane of this nature causes a community and we can assure you we are doing everything possible to return to normalcy and get things safe for our students to return to school as quickly as possible.

We appreciate everyone's understanding and patience during this difficult time!

Thank you!


Hurricane Emergency Resource Guide


UPDATE 9/11/17 - 7 p.m.

All SCPS Schools will be CLOSED on Wednesday, September 13th.  All 11 & 12-month employees must still report to work on Wednesday as normal.

We hope all of  you are doing well post-Hurricane Irma as we all work to recover from the storm.

UPDATE 9/8/17 12:30 p.m.

Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) will be closed through Tuesday, September 12. Future closings will be determined on a day to day basis. With Hurricane Irma expected to hit Central Florida, we may not have our usual communication tools available. You are encouraged to stay tuned to local news for school updates.

By remaining closed on Tuesday, our families and employees will have time at their homes, and SCPS staff will have the opportunity to assess campus safety and allow those in shelters to safely return home.

Shelter information is available at SeminoleCountyFl.gov/shelters


UPDATE 9/8/17 at 9:30 a.m.

For a listing of schools that will be utilized as Seminole County Hurricane Shelters, click here.

School shelters listed on the page as "STANDBY" are the ones that will initially OPEN once Seminole County Emergency Management begins opening each specific location.

The schools that will initially be utilized are:

  • Lyman High School (pet-friendly)
  • Chiles Middle School
  • Bentley Elementary School (pet-friendly/special needs)
  • Highlands Elementary School (special needs)
  • Midway Elementary School
  • Lake Mary High School
  • Crystal Lake Elementary School (back-up shelter, to open if needed)

We encourage all families to pay close attention to the PrepareSeminole website and local media to stay informed as to when each of these sites will be officially OPENED.


UPDATE 9/7/17 at 9 p.m.

September 7, 2017
CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE
(850) 717-9282
media@eog.myflorida.com

Governor Scott Closes All K-12 Public Schools, State Colleges, State Universities and State Offices to Begin Preparations Immediately

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Today, Governor Rick Scott is directing all public K-12 schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices to close Friday, September 8 – Monday, September 11.

Governor Scott said, “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.”  

For detailed shelter information, visit www.fldoe.org/irma and www.floridadisaster.org/info.

SCPS 11 & 12-month employees MUST still report to work tomorrow as normal.  


Update 9/6/17 at 5 p.m.
Seminole County Public Schools will be open on tomorrow, Thursday, September 7 and Friday, September 8. We will be closed on Monday, September 11. Seminole County is expected to feel the brunt of Hurricane Irma this Sunday.  We will assess campuses on Monday and make further school closure decisions at that time.  In addition, all school-related extracurricular activities and facility rentals have been cancelled Saturday through Monday until further notice.  We will continue to communicate via our website, social media, phone/email blasts, and local news.  

We would like to remind our families to stay up-to-date with the local news and to take all necessary precautions in order to remain safe throughout the storm.  Visit PrepareSeminole.org to make a plan, get a kit, and stay informed!  In addition, visit AlertSeminole.org to sign-up to receive future emergency and weather-related updates!

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado Seminole estarán abiertas mañana, jueves, 7 de septiembre y el viernes, 8 de septiembre. Las escuelas estarán cerradas el lunes, 11 de septiembre. Se espera que el condado de Seminole sienta el embate del huracán Irma este domingo. Evaluaremos las condiciones de nuestras escuelas el lunes y tomaremos más decisiones sobre el cierre de las escuelas en aquel momento. Además, todas las actividades extracurriculares relacionadas con las escuelas y cualquier alquiler de nuestras instalaciones han sido canceladas de sábado a lunes hasta nuevo aviso.

Queremos recordar a nuestras familias que se mantengan al día con las noticias locales y que tomen todas las precauciones necesarias para permanecer seguros durante la tormenta. ¡Visite PrepareSeminole.org para hacer un plan, obtener un kit y mantenerse informados! Además, ¡visite AlertSeminole.org para registrarse y recibir futuras actualizaciones sobre las emergencias y el tiempo!


Update 9/6/17 at 8:31 a.m.
***ACT Test***
Due to Hurricane Irma, the ACT test scheduled for Saturday, September 9th has been cancelled.  It is our hope that this test will be rescheduled for September 23rd.  Students registered for the September 9th administration of the test will receive official notification of the new date/time from ACT.  Once the test has been rescheduled, the new date/time will also be updated on actstudent.org.


Update: 9/5/17 at 2:26 p.m.
***High School Football***
All Friday night football games will be played on Thursday night. This includes all home games and any away out of county games. Fr/JV games will either be played on Wednesday or rescheduled to a later date.


SCPS is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma with our partners Seminole County Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and local meteorologists.  

The district will send messages to parents by phone, email, and will update our website and social media pages as needed regarding any impact on future school operations. Parents, please be sure your child's school has the correct contact numbers listed in Skyward to ensure you will receive our phone and email updates. Staff, please ensure your information is updated in PeopleSoft to receive phone and email updates.

We encourage all our families to visit PrepareSeminole.org to make a plan, get a kit, and stay informed! In addition, visit AlertSeminole.org to sign-up to receive future emergency and weather-related updates!

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