Irma knocked out power to most schools across South Florida. The storm also caused flooding and damage to school buildings throughout the state. This week, many counties are getting a second start to the new year.
Exactly when all Florida schools will return to regular session is still unknown, given that electricity is not restored every public facility. But for most in the South Florida area, tomorrow will see buses rolling, backpacks fully loaded, and parents breathing a sigh of relief.
As of this time, South FL Public Schools in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties are scheduled to resume normal class sessions on Monday, September 18.
Treasure Coast students in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties will also return to school on Monday.
The school districts ask for patience this week, especially with buses, as they may be delayed due to road debris or rerouted traffic patterns. If you have a student needing bus transportation, but have been displaced due to Hurricane Irma, you must contact your district’s School Transportation Office to make arrangements.
Most counties have confirmed that before and after school programs will resume tomorrow too, although your school’s FaceBook page and website will have the most up-to-date information on the more than 1,100 individual public schools in our region.
Sports programs are slowly getting back to normal. Flooded playing fields and debris damage may cause isolated schools to amend certain sports practices or games. It is possible that in some cases, alternate locations will be used. Game schedules will be revised on a per-school basis.
Getting students back to school is another spectacular showing of Florida’s leaders and school districts working together to keep our state moving forward. National, State, and local officials have joined countless teams to ready our public schools. South Florida News 11 recognizes these massive efforts, and applauds the work of all involved. Thank you!