District Prepared to Open Shelters if Hurricane Isaias Makes Landfall

District Prepared to Open Shelters if Hurricane Isaias Makes Landfall - Message #2
Posted on 07/31/2020

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for Palm Beach County, meaning hurricane-force winds from Isaias are expected over the weekend.

The School District is working collaboratively with the County on all hurricane protocols, including the potential opening of some of our schools on August 1 as general population shelters.

As you may know, District schools are resources of the County that are used as shelters during emergency situations at the request of the County. As such, the County may instruct the School District to open school-based shelters as a last resort for those living in mobile homes, substandard housing, or those who are homeless.

You will be updated immediately if the County does decide to open school-based shelters. In the event that shelters are opened, the following protocols will be in place:

  • Guests will be subject to a security screening.
  • Guests will have their temperatures taken upon arrival and periodically while they are at the shelter.
  • Those with a fever of 100.4 or higher, will be directed to an isolated area away from those who do not appear to be ill.
  • All guests older than the age of two will be required to wear a facial covering during their entire stay.

As Palm Beach County remains in Phase One reopening due to Covid-19, guests will be advised to practice social distancing at shelters. Extra space per visitor will be allotted.

On behalf of Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II, and the School Board of Palm Beach County, please stay safe and informed.

For more information, please visit palmbeachschools.org/stormupdates

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