When schools, universities will go back to normal after Hurricane Dorian

Most classes will be back in session Thursday, Friday; makeup days TBD

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist
Copyright 2019 CNN

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ORLANDO, Fla. - After nearly a week of being held hostage by slow moving and unpredictable Hurricane Dorian, Central Florida schools and universities are working to get classes going again.

Some school districts have already planned for makeup days while others are working with the Florida Department of Education to schedule makeup hurricane days.

Below are the latest scheduled released by Central Florida public school districts and universities. This story will be updated as officials announce changes.

University of Central Florida

UCF will remain closed through Thursday and reopen Friday.

The nearly 120 students who were required to move into campus ride-out locations in anticipation of hurricane-force winds have been permitted to return to their residence halls. Police, fire and medical assistance will be able to respond in the anticipated conditions in the event any of those students requires emergency assistance, a UCF police spokesperson said.

For updates information for UCF students, parents and staff, click here.

Rollins College

The Rollins College campus reopened Thursday, with classes resuming on Friday.

Stetson University

University officials expect to reopen on Thursday afternoon. Classes will resume on Friday.

Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Tampa Law Center and Center at Celebration will reopen and resume classes on Thursday.

Keiser University

Normal schedule on Wednesday for Orlando campuses. Keiser University campuses in Melbourne in Daytona Beach will remain closed until Thursday. Students, staff and faculty should visit www.keiseruniversity.edu or call 1-877-353-4737 for updates.

Brevard County public and Catholic schools

Brevard Public Schools will reopen Friday but will remain closed through Thursday, including all after-school activities.

Officials said Friday will be an early-release day. 

Schools have rescheduled Friday sports events, including football games.

Staff training sessions at district headquarters in Viera have been postponed, with notices sent to enrollees.

Eight Catholic Schools in Brevard County announced their reopening dates after the storm.

St. Mary Catholic School will reopen on Thursday. Ascension Catholic School, Melbourne Central Catholic High School, Our Saviour Catholic School, St. Teresa Catholic School, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Divine Mercy Catholic Academy and Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School will reopen on Friday.

St. Joseph Catholic School has not yet announced their reopening date.

Flagler County

School will resume classes Friday.

"We are grateful that the most powerful part of Hurricane Dorian remained well off shore," Tager said. "I cannot say enough how much I appreciate how unselfishly and collaboratively Flagler Schools employees and volunteers treated all of our shelter guests with dignity and respect. We will now get to work helping those who sought shelter with us get back to their homes."

Damage to Flagler Schools campuses was minimal and can be repaired over the coming days, he said.

"We are busy at coming up with a plan on how to make up the three days of instruction we missed," Tager said. "As soon as that has been determined, we will let our administrators, teachers, staff and families know." 

Volusia County public and Catholic schools

All schools are closed through Thursday. The Superintendent Search Community Forum on Thursday night is canceled. The VCCPTA Welcome Back Breakfast on Friday is also canceled. Athletic competitions will remain canceled Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

Six Volusia County Catholic Schools have announced their reopening dates after the storm. 
Father Lopez Catholic High School and St. Peter Catholic School will reopen on Thursday.
Basilica School of St. Paul, Lourdes Academy, Sacred Heart Catholic School and St. Brendan Catholic School will reopen on Friday.

Lake County

Lake County's public schools will reopen Thursday.

The shelters that were housed in schools closed at noon Wednesday.

The following adjustments have been made to the Lake County Schools football schedule:

  • Mount Dora will play at Trinity Catholic on Saturday, Sept.7, at 10 a.m.
  • Leesburg will play at Wildwood on Saturday, Sept. 7.
  • Eustis and Lake Minneola have rescheduled to play Friday, Sept. 20.
  • Tavares and Umatilla have rescheduled to play Thursday, Oct. 3.
  • South Lake vs. South Sumter -- TBD.

Orange County

OCPS schools and offices will be open Thursday.

  • Student activities are planned to resume Thursday. 
  • Elementary school open houses will be rescheduled.
  • Athletic competitions will be determined at the schools' discretion, with the exception of football: 
  • Freshman & JV football is canceled and may be rescheduled.
  • Varsity football will be moved from Friday night to Monday.

The school makeup days, as pre-determined, are Friday, October 18, and Monday, November 25.

Osceola County

Osceola County schools will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 4, for Hurricane Dorian.  All Osceola district schools will reopen on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Marion County

In an about-face, Marion County announced that schools will reopen Thursday.

Marion County Public Schools had announced earlier that schools would be closed all week.

MCPS issued a news release Wednesday:

"Good morning, this is the district office of Marion County Public Schools with an important update.

"As you know, Hurricane Dorian's unpredictable path convinced Marion County Emergency Management officials to open some of our schools as shelters.

"Fortunately, Hurricane Dorian did NOT impact our area, which means shelters will close. As a result, our schools will be open tomorrow and Friday.  

"Again, with Marion County Emergency Management officials closing shelters, we are pleased to reopen our schools Thursday and Friday to welcome back our students, teachers, administrators, and our entire MCPS family.

"We realize some families may be out of town based on earlier announcements, and we encourage those families to remain safe as they journey home throughout the week.

"Returning our schools to classrooms of learning after they've served as safe shelters is the right thing to do so our community can return to normalcy.  

"We're excited to welcome everyone back! 

"Thanks for your time, and have a great day."

Seminole County

Seminole County Public Schools will reopen Thursday. Makeup days for Tuesday and Wednesday will be held Oct. 17-18.

Seminole State College campuses will resume regular classes on Thursday.

All SCPS athletic activities, however, are canceled through Sunday. Practices can resume when schools are open for student attendance.

Polk County

PCPS schools and offices are scheduled to reopen Thursday.

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