On Tuesday in separate news conference school superintendents in Miami-Dade and Broward County decided to close county schools to make preparation as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida.
Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho announced all Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) will be closed Thursday, September 7, 2017, and Friday, September 8. Tropical storm and perhaps hurricane force winds produced by Irma are possible in portions of Miami-Dade County beginning Friday. Since M-DCPS does not operate school buses during sustained tropical storm force winds and families need time to prepare, the two-day closure is warranted.
M-DCPS administrators are in close communication with local, state and federal officials.
Wednesday, September 6, is expected to be a regular school day across the District, but in an abundance of caution, night adult education classes, activities, and athletic programs for Wednesday, September 6, 2017, have been canceled. Wednesday after-school care continues as usual.
As this is a fluid situation, District officials will continue to provide updates as the hurricane’s projected path and possible impact to South Florida become more predictable.
Broward County Schools
Robert Runcie, the Broward County Superintendent of Schools, also announced Broward County Public Schools and District offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
Runcie said the schools are being closed as the District and Broward County prepare for Hurricane Irma, which includes the preparation of schools designated as hurricane shelters. The District continues to monitor and prepare for the storm.
BCPS will also operate on a normal schedule on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.
The District will continue to provide information and updates via a variety of communication channels, including the District website (browardschools.com), robocalls, social media (Twitter @browardschools and on Facebook facebook.com/browardschools), the free BCPS mobile app, BECON-TV and local media. The District will also continue to update its Information Hotline, 754-321-0321, with the latest information.
Colleges to close also
Colleges in the region including Miami Dade Colle, University of Miami, and St. Thomas University are also canceling classes Thursday and Friday in advance of a potential strike by Irma.