Jacksonville-area schools remain closed, some rest of week

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All northeast Florida and Southeast Georga school districts remain closed and most have decided to close the rest of the week as their communities recover from Hurricane Irma.

Duval County

Duval County Public Schools announced Wednesday afternoon that all schools and the district office will remain closed through Friday.

"At this time we are diligently working with our community partners to ensure that schools, facilies, staffing and transportation are prepared to receive students," Duval County posted on its website at 2:30 p.m. "Our goal is to safety repair schools on Monday. 

Check the district's Hurricane Irma Announcement webpage for more info. DCPS will continue to provide updates regarding the reopening of schools via www.duvalschools.org, automated calls to our parents and guardians, on social media and announcements via News4Jax and other local media.

St. Johns County

All public schools and district offices are closed through Friday due to Hurricane Irma and will reopen Monday.

Flagler County

All Flagler Schools campuses will remain closed through Friday. The district said many schools sustained some water damage but custodial and maintenance teams are working to ensure affected areas are clean. Five schools were utilized as shelters, so those sites must be thoroughly sanitized before students can return. 

Nassau County

All public schools and district offices in the Nassau County School District will reopen Friday, officials announced Wednesday afternoon. 

Clay County

After preliminary post-hurricane assessments, the district recovery team has found significant damage to Clay County. With the majority of our community without power, evidence of major flooding, and the inability to access many roads, all schools and offices will remain closed through Friday.

Baker County

The district's schools are closed through next Monday. The area has a lot of roads that are still impassable and thousands of homes without power. 

Putnam County

Superintendent Rick Surrency has made the decision to cancel schools in Putnam County through Friday. 

Seven of the schools in the county were used for emergency shelters. While three have closed, four remain open:

Browning Pearce Elementary,100 Bear Blvd, San Mateo
Interlachen Elementary, 126 N State Road 315, Interlachen
Putnam Busness Complex, 7220 PRC Way, Palatka (pet friendly)
Kelley Smith Elementary, 141 Kelley Smith School Road, Palatka,  (special needs only)

Bradford County

All Bradford County Schools, including Pre-K, the Rainbow Center and BUTC will be closed through Friday, Sept. 15.

Columbia County

Columbia County Schools will be closed through Friday.

Union County

Union County School Board Member Becky Raulerson said after consulting with surrounding school districts, emergency management officials and the Union County Sheriff's Office, the decision was made to close Union County schools for the remainder of the week. Classes will now resume on Monday, September 18. Teachers will also report back Monday, September 18.

After consulting with Dixie County school and athletic officials, the varsity football game at home (Union County High School) versus Dixie County High School on Friday will still be played at 7:30 p.m. as scheduled. 

Alachua County

Due to Hurricane Irma, all Alachua County Public Schools are closed through Friday. Twelve-month employees should report to work on Wednesday if they can do so safely.

Camden County

Camden County and the Camden County Sherriff’s Office, and the Cities of Kingsland, St. Marys, and Woodbine, along with Camden County Schools and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay plan to open all government offices and schools on Monday, September 18, 2017.

School or government office employee will be allowed to return to work, on a voluntary basis, Friday, September 15, 2017. Reporting to work on Friday is only for employees that are able and willing to do so. 

Charlton County

All Charlton County Schools will be closed Thursday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Sept. 15, for students. Faculty and staff are to report Friday, Sept. 15. School will resume for all students Monday, Sept. 18.

Glynn County

Glynn County School System officials met at 9 am on Thursday, Sept. 14 to assess the state of essential services related to the reopening of schools. Power is still out at several schools while computer, internet and email are still being restored. 

"While we are still hoping to open on Monday, Sept. 18, it is still too early to know whether we'll be able to provide food service, transportation and other essential services necessary to open schools," said Dr. Virgil Cole, GCSS superintendent. "Many of our teachers and staff have not been able to get back yet, and for many power is not projected to be restored until Sunday. While opening school is important, we have to be sure that it can be done safely before we can make that call. We'll continue to assess and make that determination as soon as possible."

Cole addressed athletic and extracurricular events, saying that the Brunswick High-Camden football game will be rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16 at 3 pm in Camden County. The Glynn Academy-East Jackson game has been cancelled. "With people just getting back and having to address their personal situations, it is unreasonable to expect them to turn around and drive 5 1/2 hours each way to play a football game," Cole said. "The circumstances are different for Brunswick High and Coach Pender was in agreement that the game could be played without putting too much strain on personal situations or district resources."

The Glynn Academy volleyball team will play as scheduled in Jacksonville on Friday and Saturday. All other middle and high school athletic and extracurricular events are cancelled until further notice. Student-athletes are encouraged to communicate with their coaches if possible.

GCSS teachers and staff are encouraged to communicate with their supervisor regarding their return to work. District leadership and school principals will meet in Friday morning to continue to assess circumstances.

Ware County

All Ware County Schools will be closed through Friday. Both public American Red Cross shelters will remain open at Ware County High School and Waycross Middle. Ware Middle will continue serving as a shelter and outpost for GDOT, and Center Elementary will continue serving as a shelter and outpost for Glynn County government.

Brantley County

There will be no school for Brantley County students on Thursday, Sept. 14, or Friday, Sept. 15.

Other schools

The Bolles School announced it will reopen its campus on Thursday.

Episcopal School of Jacksonville is closed through Wednesday. This closure includes the cancellation of all extracurricular activities. The senior retreat at Camp Weed planned for Monday and Tuesday is also canceled.

Trinity Christian Academy is closing the school through at least Wednesday. The school will continue to post future updates on TCAJAX.org.

Seacoast Christian Academy will follow Duval County schools schedule. Many other private schools will do the same. Check with your child's school for 

Universities, colleges

Florida State University said all campuses are closed until Friday, Sept. 15, due to potential power outages. 

University of North Florida canceled classes, including online classes, this Wednesday, Sept. 13. Classes will resume on Thursday, Sept. 14. Offices will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and University staff who are able to return to work are expected to report on Wednesday. Residential students will be notified of directions via an email by the Department of Housing and Residence Life. There are many down trees limbs and as the University continues to assess damages from the storm, the campus community and the public are asked to stay away from the core of campus. Students who are unable to make it safely back to campus should contact their instructors as soon as possible. 

Due to evacuations throughout the state, the University of North Florida won't resume classes until Wednesday, Sept. 13. Between now and Wednesday, offices and the Thomas G. Carpenter Library will remain closed. Most events and activities have been cancelled with the hopes of resuming normal operations Wednesday. Residential students who are still on campus should check their emails for specific instructions. Employees don't need to return to work until Wednesday, unless contacted by a supervisor.

The Jacksonville University will officially remain closed and will not reopen until Monday, Sept. 18. Classes are canceled. For updates on activities and other information, please check http://www.ju.edu/weather

Due to the extensive recovery efforts throughout northeast Florida, the decision has been made for all Florida State College at Jacksonville campuses and centers to remain closed through Sunday, September 17 to allow time for our students, faculty and staff to travel back to the area and focus on their recovery and restoration. The College will reopen and classes will resume on Monday, September 18, at regularly scheduled times. 

All St. Johns River State College campuses (Orange Park, St. Augustine and Palatka) were closed through at least  Wednesday. 

The main campus of Florida A&M University will now be closed through Friday, Sept. 15. Any events scheduled to take place on campus for the week of September 11-15, 2017 are canceled. A campus-wide curfew is in effect from 11 p.m. Sunday until 7 p.m. Monday.  

Nova Southeastern University is working toward re-opening all campuses in Florida and Puerto Rico on Monday.

If you have a school that will be closing because of Hurricane Irma, please fill out the information form HERE.

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