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Hurricane Dorian Updates

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m.

Orange County Public Schools will reopen Thursday, September 5. 

All student activities will also resume Sept. 5. Status of scheduled athletic competitions will be determined at the schools’ discretion with the exception of football. Freshman and JV football has been canceled and may be rescheduled. Varsity football will be moved from Friday night to Monday, Sept. 9. Elementary school open houses will be rescheduled.

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

Any additional messages for OCPS families and employees will be sent by phone, email, posted here, or on district Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 6:10 p.m.

Based on the current forecast OCPS plans to reopen schools on Thursday, September 5. Final notification will be posted tomorrow.

Should school resume as planned on Thursday, all student activities will also resume. Athletic competitions will be determined at the schools’ discretion with the exception of football. Freshman and JV football has been canceled and may be rescheduled. Varsity football will be moved from Friday night to Monday. Elementary school open houses will be rescheduled.

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

The district will continue to send messages to OCPS families by phone, as well as post updates here and on district Facebook and Twitter pages.

Monday, Sept. 2, 9:42 a.m.

All schools and work locations will remain closed on Wednesday, Sept. 4. All student and non-student activities are also cancelled.

Friday, Aug. 30, 12 noon

After closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian and in coordination with state and local officials regarding shelters, all OCPS schools and work locations will be closed on Tuesday, September 3 after the Labor Day holiday. We will determine any closures beyond Tuesday at a later time. Also, a reminder that all school campus activities, including non-student activities, occurring on Saturday, Sunday and Monday are also canceled. OCPS is continuing to work closely with the National Weather Service to monitor the storm. 

Important dates:

  • Schools closed Tuesday, September 3
  • Pre-determined make-up day Friday, October 18

Priority

Date

Current Use

1

Oct 18

Professional Day

2

Nov 25

Thanksgiving Week Day 1

3

Nov 26

Thanksgiving Week Day 2

4

Nov 27

Thanksgiving Week Day 3

5

Feb 17

President’s Day

6

Mar 20

Spring Break

7

Mar 19

Spring Break

8

Mar 18

Spring Break

9

Mar 17

Spring Break

10

Mar 16

Spring Break

* Calendar committee includes parents, community members, union representatives, etc... who select and prioritize makeup days. Board approved and published in July 2018.

Throughout the storm the district will send messages to OCPS families by phone, as well as post updates on the OCPS website and our district Facebook and Twitter pages regarding school operations. We will also keep you apprised of any plans regarding schools being used as shelters. The list of shelters is released by the County Emergency Management Office. You can find the announcement at Orange County Florida Shelters or click here Orange County Emergency Safety Shelters.

Thursday, Aug. 29, 4:15 p.m. 

Due to preparations needed for a potential impact from Hurricane Dorian all school campus activities, including non-student activities, occurring on Saturday, Sunday and Monday are canceled.

OCPS is working closely with the National Weather Service and local emergency management offices to closely monitor the storm projections. While the forecast can certainly change, at this point, it looks like there will be some impact on Orange County. It is still too soon to determine the exact impact on our schools.

Tomorrow, Friday August 30, we will update you about the status of school for next week. Throughout the storm the district will send messages to OCPS families by phone, as well as post updates on the OCPS website and our district Facebook and Twitter accounts regarding school operations. We will also keep you apprised of any plans regarding schools being used as shelters.

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 5:00 p.m.

OCPS is working with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Melbourne and local emergency management offices to closely monitor Hurricane Dorian.

The district will send messages to parents by phone and update the website and social media pages regarding any impact to school operations.

Any changes in scheduling for school activities on Friday or Saturday will be announced within the next 24 hours.

OCPS families and staff should review their personal preparedness plan and supplies now to ensure readiness for the potential effects of this storm.

Resources for Parents

2019-20 OCPS School Year Calendar
Helping Children Cope with Natural Disasters (National Assn. of School Psychologists)