Frequently Asked Questions After Hurricane Irma: What You Need to Know

Two men outdoors, clearing trees.Why does my child’s school look different?

Many of our schools experienced some exterior damage as well as the loss of landscaping, trees, and shrubbery. Our schools are safe for students, but clean up and repair will be ongoing for several weeks.

What happens with the school days we’ve missed?

Florida statute requires that students attend school for a certain number of instructional hours. The District will advise parents and staff if any additional make-up time is required in the coming weeks.

Will we have to use Holidays to make up for the days that were missed?

The District will not take time from previously scheduled holidays, including our time at Thanksgiving and Winter Break, to make up for these days that have been missed.

How will the schools that were used as shelters be sanitized before classes resume?

The District brought in an outside vendor to professionally clean, disinfect, and sanitize those schools that were used as shelters. Following the work of the outside vendor, District custodians will also be cleaning and reorganizing the shelter schools. The schools and classrooms will be clean and ready for students to return on Monday, September 18.

How will my child’s academics be impacted?

Your child will pick up where they left off. The District is making adjustments to the scope and sequences of the standards within each content area to ensure that all students are prepared for any type of local or state assessments.

When will practice and games resume for athletics?

The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) has not uniformly canceled, postponed and/or prohibited play, and will maintain the originally scheduled season dates. Click here for more information about the FHSAA decision. The District will allow all athletic teams to resume practice on Monday, September 18, but not before.

When school resumes on Monday, will buses pick up students at their regular stops?

Students will be picked up at their regular stops. The District’s Transportation Team is working with local law enforcement to monitor the safety of area roadways. If you notice any obstruction to your child’s bus stop, contact the Transportation Call Center at 561-357-1110.

If schools lost power in the storm and the food is compromised, how will schools be able to feed students?

School Food Services (SFS) can monitor refrigeration temperatures at all school sites. The District has procedures in place to properly dispose of the food and sanitize the storage equipment. SFS is working to make sure schools are stocked with the food needed to nourish our students safely on Monday.

What signs should I watch for in my child/our students to make sure they’re emotionally okay after the storm?

Understandably, a hurricane can be frightening for adults and children. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) recognizes that the length of recovery will depend in part upon how frightening the hurricane was, whether evacuation from home was necessary, and the extent of the damage and loss.

Children often turn to adults for information, comfort, and help. Children do best when parents and teachers appear calm, answer children’s questions honestly, and respond as best they can to requests. NCTSN explains some common reactions you may notice in your child/student after the storm and what you can do to help: Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after a Hurricane.

Schools will also have school counselors and school psychologists available for students who would like to talk about their Hurricane Irma experience and feelings.

My family is still dealing with storm-related issues and we’re not ready for school yet. How can we best cope?

A regular school schedule provides a sense of normalcy and routine for children. When they return to school on Monday, let your child’s school know what your family is experiencing so that the school can support your child as he or she transitions back to school.