Brevard Public Schools Closed Thursday, Over A Dozen Central Brevard Schools Without Water
By Matt Reed, BPS // September 13, 2017
Nearly Half of BPS without power
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard Public Schools will be closed Thursday and remain closed until further notice.
However, BPS is working quickly with Florida Power & Light and city utilities to ensure that its 82 schools as well as other facilities — including charter schools, adult-education campuses and alternative learning centers — have reliable electricity and water and can safely reopen.
“Our schools have been good neighbors, and we are working to help our communities get back to normal as soon as possible,” said Superintendent Desmond Blackburn.
“As soon as we can open, we are ready to teach, feed and transport students.”
Brevard Public Schools has worked hard to care for its staff, student families and members of the community in the days before, during and after Hurricane Irma.
• The district closed schools three days before the storm arrived to give staff and families time to prepare and evacuate.
• BPS operated 16 shelters, run by principals, assistant principals and cafeteria staff who cared for thousands of evacuees and their pets. Two special-needs shelters remained open Wednesday.
• Finance and Human Resources staff worked overtime to pay about 9,000 employees a week early, ensuring delivery and helping with storm-related costs.
• The district surveyed families and staff via cell phones in the midst of the storm – getting 28,000 responses — to assess how many evacuated and how far they traveled from the Space Coast.
• BPS has communicated daily with staff and families via social media, email and emergency text alerts regarding closures and efforts to reopen.
By Wednesday morning, about half of all schools were awaiting power restoration and more than a dozen in Central Brevard had no water.
While schools remain closed, all extracurricular activities including sports are canceled out of concern for student safety.
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