Monitoring Dorian

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Exclamation Point on Orange CircleUpdate 9/4/19 at 9:30 a.m.

(Spanish Translation)

Dear SCPS Families & Staff:

I am pleased to announce that classes will resume on schedule tomorrow Thursday, September 5th. Our make-up days are October 17th & 18th.  Please review the attached calendar in the event additional make-up days need to be utilized throughout the duration of our hurricane season.

I appreciate all of the work of our community partners in opening and running seven shelters in our schools. All shelters will close at 1pm today.

Athletic contests for Seminole County Public Schools will remain canceled for Thursday and Friday.  However, practices will resume.  All Athletic contests scheduled for Saturday, September 7 will also resume as originally scheduled.

I hope you and your family fared well during the storm. 

We will be reaching out to our families who have relatives in the Bahamas to see what we can do to assist.

Thank you!

Dr. Walt Griffin, Superintendent
Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS)


Update 9/2/19 at 2:00 p.m.

(Spanish Translation)

All SCPS athletic contest are cancelled through Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Practices may resume as soon as schools are officially open for student attendance.


UPDATE 9/2/19 at 9:30 a.m.

(Spanish Translation)

Seminole County Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4.

Our makeup days are October 17th and 18th.

While schools will be closed for teachers, students and other 10 month employees, at this time our 11 Month and 12 Month Employees will report to work on Wednesday, September 4.

Any 11 or 12 month employee who feels that conditions warrant not coming to work must contact their cost center supervisor to make appropriate arrangements as follows:

  1. Come in late and make up time or take hourly leave for time missed,
  2. Use personal leave with pay,
  3. Use vacation leave (12 month employees);
  4. Use personal leave without pay.

Shelter Information - Updated 9/2/19 - 12:27 p.m.

Seminole County Hurricane Shelters are NOW OPEN!

Available Shelters

Seminole County and partners have fully prepared four general population shelters (one of which is pet friendly) and three special needs shelters (one of which is pet friendly).

General Population Shelters

  • Crystal Lake Elementary (231 Rinehart Rd., Lake Mary)
  • Lyman High School – Pet-Friendly (855 S Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood)
  • Lawton Chiles Middle School (1240 Sanctuary Dr., Oviedo)
  • Midway Elementary School (2368 Brisson Ave., Sanford)

Special Needs Shelters

  • Bentley Elementary – Pet-Friendly (2190 S Oregon Ave., Sanford)
  • Layer Elementary (4201 FL-419, Winter Springs)
  • Highlands Elementary (1600 Shepard Rd., Winter Springs)

 Map of Seminole County Shelters

Transportation to Shelters

  • Uber is providing free rides, up to $20, to a state-approved shelter. Use code DORIANRELIEF at time of booking.
  • Transportation will be provided to residents if needed; individuals registered for the Special Needs program will receive priority. To request transportation, please call 407-665-0000.

General Shelter Information

For a listing of the latest Storm Information and updates, click here.


UPDATE 8/30/19 at 11:30 a.m.

(Spanish Translation)

Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) will be closed on Tuesday, September 3 due to Hurricane Dorian. 

We will continue to work with and be in full communication with the Emergency Operation Center throughout the storm. Announcements of any additional school closures will be made, if necessary, at a later date.

In addition, both the School Board Meeting and Budget Hearing have been cancelled on Tuesday, September 3.

Just a reminder that all scheduled events will be held this evening, Friday, August 30. However, all events, facility rentals and activities are cancelled Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

If you need any storm related assistance please call 407-665-0000.

Stay safe!


UPDATE 8/29/19 at 5:00 p.m.

The emotional health of children during a hurricane is important.  Read Preparing for a Hurricane - Helping Children Cope (pdf) and learn strategies for helping students cope with approaching storms or natural disasters. 

Additional Resources for Children and Families:

Ready Kids - Helping parents and teachers educate children about emergencies and how they can help get their family prepared

Hurricane Dorian Social Story – a social story which may help some children learn strategies that offer comfort and assurance

Here for Each Other - a family guide developed by Sesame Street for helping families after a hurricane

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents: Limited Supplies Needed (Daytime) - activities that families may use to help occupy children's minds during times of storms or without power.


UPDATE 8/28/19 at 2:00 p.m.

(Spanish Translation)

Dear SCPS Families,

We are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Dorian 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 (twitterfacebook) 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.

At this point, we are moving forward with all Friday night athletic and extracurricular events as scheduled.  However, all Saturday, Sunday, and Monday events are cancelled.

Emergency Shelters for families will be available over the weekend if needed.  Once the shelters are opened, we will send more information and details.

In the event of school closures, we will notify you on Monday (9/2).  If areas of the county are without power, we will additionally utilize local media and radio to help relay the information.  Factors that will go into determining school closures are damage to campuses, loss of electricity, unsafe travel conditions due to debris or flooding, and overall impact of the storm.

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!  You can also text DORIAN to 888-777 to receive text alerts from Seminole County Emergency Management regarding storm information.  Standard rates apply.

We plan for the worst and hope for the best!