Here’s when Central Florida schools will reopen after Hurricane Ian

County-by-county list of how schools handling strong storm

As Tropical Storm Ian approaches, here’s a county-by-county list on how schools in Central Florida are handling the storm.

ORLANDO, Fla. – After Hurricane Ian moved through the area, Central Florida schools announced how they are handling the storm’s aftermath and when they will be reopening.

Here’s a county-by-county list about when schools in Central Florida are reopening. We will update the story as we receive more information.

Brevard County

Brevard Public Schools reopened for weekend activities on Saturday and will reopen for classes on Monday, Oct. 3.

Lake County

Schools will resume normal operations on Monday, Oct. 3.

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Orange County

In an update on Saturday, the district said it will not reopen schools on Monday, Oct. 3. Orange County Public Schools plans to resume normal operations and reopen schools on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

School officials further said “all student activities will resume sometime next week (and) athletic competitions will be determined at the schools’ discretion.”

“Our focus has been on evaluating our facilities and returning students to school next week. A decision on make-up days will be forthcoming,” the school district said in a statement on Saturday.

According to the district, due to flooding experienced at Riverdale Elementary School, students and staff will return to class on Thursday, Oct. 6, and will be temporarily relocated to East River High School.

OCPS notes that parents can sign up to receive text messages by typing the word YES to the school code which is 68453. Updates will also be posted on and on the district, Facebook and Twitter pages.

District employees in need of assistance may contact the 24/7 employee assistance line at 877-622-4327 and parents or guardians of students may call 311.

Seminole County

In an update Saturday, the Seminole County school district said schools will reopen on Monday, Oct. 3.

District officials also said the transportation department will do a safety sweep of district routes on Sunday and if any bus stops or routes need to be adjusted, families will be contacted later that day.

Absences will be excused for students whose residences are impacted by flooding or lack of power.

Parents can register for storm-specific alerts by texting STORM2022 to 888-777 and visit the district’s website for any updates.

Osceola County

District officials announced Friday afternoon that Osceola public schools will reopen Tuesday, Oct. 4. According to the school district, make-up days will be determined if they’re required by the state.

Osceola County Public Schools said in a release that they will remain closed on Monday, Oct. 3 to make sure that schools are ready to reopen for students and faculty.

Sumter County

Sumter District Schools will resume classes on Monday, Oct. 3.

Any other school cancelations will be posted on the district’s website or communicated through its call-out system, school signs and TV/radio outlets.

Volusia County

Volusia County announced on Saturday that schools will reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

The county also reported that multiple bus stops have been temporarily relocated for the safety of students. That information can be found here.

The district previously announced on Monday evening that they would be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 28 through Friday, Sept. 30 due to Hurricane Ian.

Volusia Schools said that “VCS Connect” is the simplest way to stay connected and informed before, during and after the storm. Text “YES” to 67587 and opt-in for the most current information on storm impact to schools, school closures, and the latest storm-related news.

Polk County

Polk County Public Schools announced schools will reopen for students Tuesday, Oct. 4.

All district employees should return Monday, Oct. 3 to assist with final preparations to reopen.

Marion County

Marion County Public Schools announced all schools and district offices will reopen as normal on Monday, Oct. 3.

Flagler County

Flagler Schools Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt announced Saturday classes for all students will resume at their regular time on Monday, Oct. 3.

The district’s transportation department will survey bus stops Saturday in areas where flooding remains a concern and relay information and potential alternate bus stops on the Flagler Schools website. The district hopes to make a decision on when schools reopen by 6 p.m. Saturday.

Schools were closed from Wednesday to Friday, with two schools expected to serve as shelters.

All after-school activities, including sporting events, were canceled as well, and the SAT testing scheduled for Oct. 1 at Matanzas High School has been moved to Oct. 15.

New 6 will continue to update this page as new information is provided.

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