• Hurricane Irma Aftermath: Frequently Asked Questions

    When will classes resume and employees report to work?

    Students return to school on Monday, September 25

    Employees return to work based on the schedule below:
    - 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

    Should new hires who have completed a new hire meeting start work on Monday, September 25, 2017?

    Yes.

    ACADEMICS

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

    At this time, due to missed school days on August 28 and September 7-22, amendments will be made to the 2017-18 school calendar and are pending.

    How will my child's academics be impacted?

    Your child will resume where they left off. The District is making adjustments to the standards-based scope and sequences within each grade level and content area. We will work to prepare students for promotion and assure they are prepared for local and/or state assessments.

    When will Interim reports be distributed?

    Interim reports will not be issued for the first quarter. Secondary grades are accessible via Focus for students and parents.

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

    Yes, almost all children and youth who are displaced by a hurricane will qualify for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act benefits which include: 1) the right to attend their school of origin (school they had been attending prior to the housing instability), and to receive transportation assistance to attend that school; or 2) the right to enroll immediately in a new school, when attending the school of origin does not serve the student's best interests. CCPS will assure homeless students are immediately enrolled; assisted, as much as possible, in obtaining required enrollment documentation; provided with free/reduced school meals; provided materials and support to fully participate in their school's education program (e.g., school supplies, clothing to meet dress code, backpacks); provided expedited educational assessments; and referrals to community services, as needed. Please contact your school's principal or school 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:
    https://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.
    https://www.collierschools.com/Page/598

    CALENDARS

    How will the School Board meeting schedule be impacted?

    The Special School Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, September 11, 2017 was cancelled and the board topics have been added to the next Regular School Board Meeting.

    The Regular School Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, 2017 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 4:30 p.m., with a Final Budget Hearing at 5:45 p.m.

    The School Board Work Session scheduled for September 19, 2017 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 17, 2017. The meeting calendar can be found at the following link: https://www.collierschools.com/Page/220

    SCHOOL OPERATIONS AND TRANSPORTATION

    If schools lost power in the storm, how will schools feed students?

    Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has assessed the status of the food inventory at each campus. We have assured that all food products are safe and ready for student meals. The District has procedures in place to properly dispose of the food and sanitize the storage equipment when appropriate. FNS has worked with its vendors to ensure all schools are stocked with the food needed to nourish our students safely on Monday, September 25, 2017.

    When school resumes on Monday, will buses pick up students at their regular stops?

    Yes. Students should be picked up at their regular stops. In the rare instance where a regular stop has an obstruction then a location adjacent to the stop will be utilized. Bus routes will be driven Thursday, 9/21-Friday, 9/22, to ensure all routes and stops are safe. The District’s Transportation Team is working with local law enforcement to monitor the safety of area roadways. If you notice any obstruction to your child’s bus stop, contact the Transportation Call Center/Dispatch Office:

    • Zone 1 - South Naples-Marco: 377-1021
    • Zone 2 - Golden Gate City: 377-1022
    • Zone 3 - North Naples: 377-1023
    • Zone 4 - Estates: 377-1024
    • Zone 5 - North Central Naples: 377-1025
    • Zone 6 - East Naples: 377-1026
    • Zone 7 - Immokalee: 377-1027

    FACILITIES

    Will all debris and fallen trees be cleared from sidewalks and pathways where students will be accessing schools?

    Yes, all debris and fallen trees will be cleared from sidewalks and pathways where students, cars, buses, and bicycles will be accessing.

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

    Teams of custodians and outside contractors are cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing all schools. Schools and classrooms will be clean and ready for students to return.

    BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING (INCLUDING PROGRAMS OFF CAMPUSES)

    Is before and after school child care available starting Monday, September 25, 2017, at the school sites?

    All before and after school child care, already running and housed on Collier County Public Schools campuses, will be available at the regular times beginning on Monday, September 25, 2017.

    Will outside programs that are run off campus/not in the schools and/or private providers/companies be picking up my child after school?

    Parents will need to contact the off-school campus after-care company that the parent has contracted with to see if they are still running the pick up buses/vans and off-campus programs on Monday, September 25, 2017.

    SPORTS, ATHLETICS, AND CLUB ACTIVITIES

    When can football practice outdoors resume?

    Football practice can be resumed when your field/practice field has been inspected and confirmed safe by your Athletic Director and Head Football Coach through the Principal at each school. Your Principal will communicate with your Athletic Director and Coach as to when practice can resume. Your Coach will then communicate with the student athletes.

    When can other fall sports in gymnasiums or other school campus spaces resume?

    Gymnasium and other practice play areas for sports and athletics must be confirmed safe by the Athletic Directors and Principals. Your Coach will then communicate with the student athletes.

    Can our football team practice at a county park?

    No. All practices must be conducted on school-based inspected properties.

    When will football games resume?

    District staff is working with all schools in rescheduling District games. Fields, lights, ambulance service, athletic trainers, security, police detail, and referee staff are all being reviewed for game locations, availability, and logistics. A new football game schedule will be out as soon as it is available.

    When will volleyball practices resume?

    Volleyball practice can resume on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, pending safe court availability.

    When will clubs and other activities resume?

    As long as the space and school is deemed safe, each school administration will determine the restart dates. New schedules will be available by Monday, September 25, 2017.

    EMPLOYMENT

    Will the District be holding New Hire Onboarding Meetings?

    The District cancelled the New Hire Onboarding meetings for September 18. Individuals will be notified by email and phone. We will be conducting the New Hire Onboarding meeting scheduled for September 25.

    Will the District be holding Guest Teacher New Hire Orientation for new Guest Teachers

    The Guest Teacher Orientation scheduled for September 27, 2017, is cancelled. All impacted candidates will be sent an email or phone call to inform them of the new dates. We will be rescheduling the Guest Teacher New Hire meeting to a later date.

    Will the District be holding the Teacher Interview Day on October 6, 2017?

    Yes. If you have interest in interviewing, please contact Darlyn Scott at scottd6@collierschools.com