SCHOOL STATUS: Update as of Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:45AM 

We know many of you are still facing challenges from Hurricane Irma, including power outages, water issues, intermittent cell phone service, gas shortages, home repairs and cleanup,  or even making the decision of when to head back home. We, too, are dealing with many of these same issues in our school system.

At this time, the earliest student return date would be Monday, September 25th, with all teachers returning to school sites on Friday, September 22nd.  We have had staff working 24/7 to ready our schools for opening. However, the following conditions continue to make it difficult to open at this time:
  • Uncertainty of power - we currently have only 49 of 54 school sites with power
  • The boil water notice for the entire county impacts our school water fountains and food preparations, ongoing water pressure issues, and the county’s request to restrict water use countywide
  • Ongoing sewage system issues countywide are causing backups in our schools while not in use, and the return of 7,000 employees and 48,000 students and the associated demand put on the system could make that worse
  • Need to still deep clean the 29 schools that sheltered evacuees, housed pets and had sewage issues
  • 6 schools continue to serve as shelters for guests and personnel assisting with essential services to our county
  • Fuel scarcity for parents and staff as well as district vehicles including our 350 school buses that transport 23,500 students each day
  • With significant flooding in many areas, the safety of our students waiting in the dark at flooded bus stops remains a concern
  • Lack of traffic control devices on major roadways 
  • Students, parents, and staff with damage or an inability to get into their homes need more time to be ready to get to school or work
We are currently reviewing the makeup days and requesting waivers from the state for some of those days.  Please refer to our website for some out-of-school learning resources (www.collierschools.com) and know that we will work flexibly with students on routines and assignments when school resumes.
 
We are #CCPSStrong and look forward to getting Back to the Classroom Together as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Please be safe and continue to follow our communication channels for future updates.  Click here for additional Staff Information. 
  
51 of 54 CCPS school sites have power.
 

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Hurricane Irma Aftermath: Frequently Asked Questions

When will classes resume and employees report to work?

Monday, September 25 (at this time): Students Return

Return to Work Schedule is Below (at this time):
Wednesday, September 20: Principals
Thursday, September 21: ALL District Building Employees (including Bethune – FSCG employees) including Facility Managers, Maintenance, Transportation and Nutrition Services, and All Assistant Principals
Friday, September 22: All Instructional Staff and the following employees:

  • Office Managers – ALL
  • High School APC Secretary (223 Calendar)
  • Middle School APC Secretary (216 Calendar)
  • Elementary Gen Secretary (209 Calendar)

Monday, September 25: School Based Non-Instructional Staff

Will CCPS be required to make up the instructional days lost to the storm?

At this time, due to missed school days August 31st and September 7th-22nd, amendments will be made to the 2017-18 school calendar and are pending. Some of the days will be made up and waivers from the state for some days will be requested.

 

My family has been displaced due to Hurricane Irma. Are there any services available to students designated as homeless?

Yes, even if your family is temporarily displaced, you will qualify for services such as bus transportation for your student to stay at his/her currently assigned school (even if not in the zone) and receiving free/reduced lunch. Please contact your school’s principal or counselor for more information.

What are some resources for children, parents/guardians and staff to cope with the aftermath of the storm?

A catastrophe such as a hurricane can be quite frightening to children and adults alike. When talking with your child about it, it is important to acknowledge the emotions experienced from the impact of the storm. It is also important to be mindful that your child’s fears and concerns might linger longer than expected.

CCPS has created an initial resource for parents/guardians to reference:
http://www.collierschools.com/cms/lib/FL01903251/Centricity/Domain/4/hurricaneresources1.pdf

CCPS will also have supports at each school to support the emotional needs of students when they return.

Additionally, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all employees as an ongoing benefit.
http://www.collierschools.com/Page/598

 

When will after- and before-school child care programs resume?

Programming will resume when students return to school.

 

When will athletics and practices resume?

There will be an adjustment period once we return to school to make sure student athletes are properly conditioned to prevent injuries. The FHSAA and CCPS will work with coaches to reschedule as many missed contests as possible.

 

When school resumes, will students be picked up at their usual bus stops?

The District's Transportation Team will review all bus stops and advise affected students’ families of any changes in bus stops. Otherwise, students will be transported from usual bus stops.

 

How will the schools that were used as shelters be sanitized before classes resume?

Teams of custodians and outside contractors are sanitizing and reorganizing the shelter schools. The schools and classrooms will be clean and ready for students to return.

 

 CANCELLATIONS:

All CCPS activities, athletics, and employee training meetings are cancelled through Sunday, September 24, 2017, including:

  • College Night on September 18th is cancelled
  • New Hire Meetings on September 18th and September 25th are cancelled and will be rescheduled
  • School and District Operations, Financial and Legal Services Professional Learning Day on September 21st is cancelled
  • TNT - Teambuilding N' Tailgating with Teachers on September 22nd is cancelled
  • CTEM Committee Workgroup Meeting at Corkscrew Elementary on September 20th is cancelled and will be rescheduled
  • CCEA Student Pass Workgroup on September 27th is cancelled and will be rescheduled
  • Human Resources Staff Summer Debrief on September 29th is cancelled and will be rescheduled 
 SCHEDULED MEETINGS:

In light of the state of emergency declared by the Governor because of the impending hurricane, the Special Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, September 11, has been cancelled. The Regular School Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, 2017, has been rescheduled. Following, please find Public Notices reflecting the changes:

PUBLIC NOTICE: Special Board Meeting - Monday, September 11, 2017 - CANCELLED
PUBLIC NOTICE: Regular School Board Meeting - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, September 26, 2017
PUBLIC NOTICE: Final Budget Hearing - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, September 26, 2017
PUBLIC NOTICE: School Board Work Session - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, October 17, 2017

 
POST-STORM RESOURCES:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Please follow our district social media channels as well as our district website www.collierschools.com for all school related updates. Please take this time to make sure you and your family are hurricane ready and safe. In case of weather-related emergencies, information regarding school operations coming directly from the school district office will be available from five sources:
  • School District Website – www.collierschools.com, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
  • Social Media - Join us on Facebook and Twitter for LIVE updates
  • The Education Channel – Comcast, Cable 99.
  • ParentLink – parents and staff can expect to receive an automated phone message and/or text message containing vital school closing and re-opening information. 
  • Notifications – subscribers of CCPS Mobile App will receive emergency information updates. To learn more about CCPS Mobile, please click here.

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