Florida education news: Irma-related closures, shelters, damages and more
After getting slammed by Hurricane Irma, Florida admittedly does not have much education news. But in the spirit of getting back into our normal routines as quickly as possible, here's what we have. Hope your families stayed safe during the storm and your cleanup goes well.
SCHOOLS CLOSED: Most Florida schools are closed for at least another couple of days to recover from Irma. Pinellas and Hillsborough schools are aiming for a Thursday resumption of classes, while Pasco and Hernando will return Monday.
SCHOOLS AS SHELTERS: Schools throughout the Tampa Bay region and state took in thousands of storm evacuees. With most refugees departed on Monday, they need time to assess the damage and clean up. Some shelter stories from St. Petersburg High, John Hopkins Middle, McKitrick Elementary. • As expected, school staffs stepped up to volunteer, Education Week reports. More stories from the Miami Herald, Naples Daily News, Bradenton Herald
SCHOOLS REOPENING: Panhandle schools that suffered a less serious Irma planned to reopen Tuesday, the Pensacola News Journal reports. Brevard County school officials have not decided when to reopen, Florida Today reports. Leon County schools prepare to restart on Thursday, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Central Florida schools will remain closed for part of next week, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Same for Duval, St. Johns, Nassau and Clay, the Florida Times-Union reports. South Florida school districts will remain closed indefinitely, the Miami Herald reports.
SCHOOLS DAMAGED: Lee County, which took the brunt of Irma's second landfall, took some major hits at its schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
In other education news —
BACK IN THE SADDLE: Former University of Florida president Charles Young takes the superintendent's job at a tiny California school district, the Merced Sun Star reports.
HOW BIG IS TOO BIG? Florida university system leaders explore how many students each school in the system should reasonably enroll, the News Service of Florida reports.