Central Florida schools reopen week after Hurricane Irma

Lake County students return Tuesday

By Amanda Castro - Reporter/Anchor

GENEVA, Fla. - About a month after originally heading back to school, thousands of students across Central Florida again returned to class, this time thanks to Hurricane Irma.
Schools in every county, except Lake, reopened Monday, and for some there were changes before students even got to campus.
"I know there was a lot of flooding out there going on," parent Amber Williford said.

Flooding and dangerous roads prompted Seminole County schools to move dozens of bus stops to avoid any potential dangers.

[READ: Temporary bus stop info for Seminole]

Robin Goines waited with her grandchildren just down the road from one of those temporary stops at the corner of Winona Drive and Lake Harney Road. She tells News 6 the kids are ready to head back to school after being off for the past week because of the storm.

"First day or two they were excited," Goines said. "They were all and after that it was like no electricity, so there was no electronics, no TV, no games, nothing."

Another concern is debris on the sidewalks and roads. Orange County officials are suggesting parents check their students' routes for any potential debris or damage.

Classrooms returned to normal after many schools were used as shelters during Hurricane Irma.

Custodians in Orange County spent Friday cleaning and transforming what were once safe places for people to ride out the storm back into places of learning.

That is just one of the reasons why it took so long for schools to reopen. Many schools lost power, keeping students out of class. Debris and flooding also posed safety concerns for parents dropping off their kids and for school bus drivers.

Several high school students spent Friday cleaning up Bear Lake Elementary to make sure the playground was ready for students to return to school.
Parents say schools reopening are another sign of recovery after the storm.

"It's been pretty busy. We're really looking forward to getting back to a regular routine," Williford said.

Lake County students will return to school on Tuesday.

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