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No classes Monday for public school districts in Orange, Osceola, Volusia and Polk counties

Orange County's Timber Creek High School served as a shelter for Hurricane Ian. Photo: OCPS
Orange County's Timber Creek High School served as a shelter for Hurricane Ian. Photo: OCPS

This article has been update to reflect decisions announced late Saturday for Orange and Polk counties.

School officials across Central Florida have made their decisions on whether to reopen schools on Monday as the districts recover from Hurricane Ian.

Orange County

Orange County Public Schools announced Saturday afternoon that schools will remain closed on Monday but will open on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

"Unfortunately, after consultation with Orange County officials schools will NOT reopen Monday, October 3 due to safety concerns and continued power outages at a number of our schools," Superintendent Maria Vazquez wrote in a letter posted to Facebook.

She said the district's focus has been on "evaluating our facilities and returning students to school next week."

Seminole County

Seminole County Public Schools announced Saturday that all schools will reopen on Monday.

"We have now completed our initial assessments of all Seminole County Public Schools’ campuses and facilities, and all are safe and will be ready for the return of students and staff," Superintendent Serita Beamon wrote in an update on the district website.

Osceola County

Osceola County schools will remain closed on Monday but will report for students and teachers on Tuesday, October 4.

An update on the district website says that "there are too many impassable roadways for our school buses."

The statement also says: "All 11-month and 12-month employees should report to work on Monday, October 3, to prepare for the return of students and teachers. Employees who need to report to alternative locations will be contacted this weekend by their supervisor."

Make-up days will be determined if required by the state after a full review and analysis of school instructional minutes and Department of Education requirements.

Volusia County

Volusia county schools are scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, October 5. Updated information will be available on the district's app VCS Connect. Parents can enroll by texting "YES" to 67587

All school shelters have been closed and those still needed shelter were transferred to Ocean Center.

Brevard County

Brevard Public Schools will have a normal day of school Monday, October 3. The district is open starting Saturday, October 1 for weekend activities.

Marion County

All schools, departments, and district offices are reopening Monday, October 3.

Sumter County

Sumter County School District says schools will resume Monday, October 3.

Polk County

Polk County Public Schools announced Saturday that schools will remain closed on Monday. The goal now is to reopen the campuses to students on Tuesday.

The district says on its website that staff continue "to work diligently to prepare schools to reopen for our students."

But, the statement says, 'Unfortunately, we still have a number of schools without power and others that only recently had their power restored. In addition, we must also finish necessary repairs and cleanup to ensure our schools are safe and ready to welcome back our students."


Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."