Hurricane Irma Update--Flagler Schools Reopen Monday

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 1:41pm

(9/13/17  1:30pm)

Flagler Schools to Reopen Monday

 

Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager announces classes will resume Monday. All extracurricular activities, athletic practices and competitions are canceled until Monday. This follows damage assessments at our schools and within our community, and the needed additional cleanup time following Hurricane Irma.

Superintendent Tager says, “We want everyone to return to clean, safe schools.”

Many of our families are still dealing with power outages and other post-storm issues. We also have concerns about getting our buses and children to their bus stops safely.

We have lost a total of six days due to the closure before and after Hurricane Irma. Our school calendar for the 2017-18 school year includes three make-up days, November 20, 21, and 22. While we do have time built into the schedule to account for lost days, we are still working with the Florida Department of Education and Governor Scott to determine if make-up days will be needed.

 

(9/12/17  6:00pm)

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September 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Flagler County School District

Jason Wheeler

                                                                                                                                                                                      

Schools Remain Closed

 

Superintendent of Schools James Tager reiterates all Flagler Schools campuses will remain closed Wednesday.

There are several factors determining when we can resume classes. We continue to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma at our sites and are working with Flagler County to ensure our buses can safely travel throughout the county. Many of our schools sustained some water damage but our custodial and maintenance teams are working to ensure affected areas are clean. Five of our schools were utilized as shelters so those sites must be thoroughly sanitized before our students can return. We also have many of our families as well as Flagler Schools teachers and staff who evacuated the area ahead of the hurricane’s arrival.

Superintendent Tager is receiving regular updates and a decision on the schedule for the remainder of the week is expected to be made early Wednesday afternoon. We realize the importance of bringing normalcy to our students following a natural disaster like Hurricane Irma. The Flagler School district is committed to doing that as soon as possible and will continue the work to make sure our campuses are safe for our students prior to their return.

 

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Flagler Schools strives to be the nation's premier learning organization. Our mission is to ensure educational success through high expectations and innovative thinking in a safe learning environment to empower students to reach their full potential as responsible, ethical, and productive citizens in a diverse and changing world. We can be reached online at http://flaglerschools.com, or https://www.facebook.com/FlaglerSchools and via telephone at 386-437-7526.

 

 

(9/11/17 11:45am)                                                                                                                                                                                      

School Cancellation Extended Through Wednesday

 

Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager announces school will continue to be closed until Thursday, September 14th.

 

After working closely with Flagler County emergency managers, Superintendent Tager says, “Many of our families here in Flagler County are in need of shelter after the late course change by Hurricane Irma. For that reason, our schools will need to remain in shelter operation for an additional day.”

 

There are already questions about “make-up” days, but Superintendent Tager says the district will need to consult with the Florida Department of Education. We will have a decision on that shortly.

 

Please continue to monitor our district website and social media accounts for the most current status and additional information.

 

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Flagler Schools strives to be the nation's premier learning organization. Our mission is to ensure educational success through high expectations and innovative thinking in a safe learning environment to empower students to reach their full potential as responsible, ethical, and productive citizens in a diverse and changing world. We can be reached online at http://flaglerschools.com, or https://www.facebook.com/FlaglerSchools and via telephone at 386-437-7526.

 

 

(9/9/17  3:15pm)

Superintendent Cancels Classes Tuesday

Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager announces classes scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th have been canceled.

Superintendent Tager says “We are closely monitoring the projected path of Hurricane Irma. While it appears the storm is continuing a westward track, many of our families heeded the evacuation order from Governor Scott. Many people traveled out of the area, while others are taking shelter in our schools. For these reasons, we want to give our families time to get home safely so we will cancel classes through Tuesday, September 12th.”

We will continue to monitor the path of the storm and status of our community after it passes.  Our focus will be to help our families resume regular activities as soon as possible and our desire is to reopen our campuses by Wednesday, September 13th as circumstances allow.  Please continue to monitor our district website and social media accounts for the most current status and additional information.

(9/8/17  7:00pm)

Flagler County orders mandatory evacuations

September 8, 2017 – Flagler County has issued a mandatory evacuation order effective at 7 a.m. Saturday for the following areas:

·       Evacuation Zone A includes everything east of the Intracoastal including Marineland, Hammock, Flagler Beach along A1A.

·       Evacuation Zone F is in western Flagler County and includes areas near Dead Lake – St. Johns Park and the Haw Creek Basin – as the St. Johns River, which feeds Dead Lake.

·       Low-lying areas subject to flooding, as well as for those who live in mobile homes, recreational vehicles, and trailers.

·       Individuals with special medical needs, due to the potential loss of power.

The existing mandatory evacuation remains in effect for evacuation zones A, B, C and F for all nursing homes, elder care facilities, other elder care facilities, community residential group homes and non-elder health care facilities and community residential group homes.

Residents of all other areas (Zones B, C, D, and E) should shelter in place unless they meet any of the above criteria.

“We are requiring people to get out of harm’s way, which means going to a shelter at this point,” Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten said. “We are asking people to remain within the county if they haven’t already left for some other destination, both because of traffic conditions and uncertain weather conditions.”

Shelters will open at 7 a.m. Saturday at: 1) Rymfire Elementary for special needs; 2) Bunnell Elementary for residents with crated, domestic pets; and, shelters 3 - 4) Buddy Taylor – Wadsworth campus for the general population.

Buddy Taylor/Wadsworth Campus – General Population

4500 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast

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Bunnell Elementary – Pets

305 N. Palmetto Street, Bunnell

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Rymfire Elementary – Special Needs

1425 Rymfire Drive, Palm Coast

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ADDITIONAL SHELTERING INFORMATION:

Some cots will be available at the shelters – fewer at the Buddy Taylor/Wadsworth campus. Residents will be permitted to bring single/twin size inflatable mattresses. Queen and king size mattresses will not be allowed.

All residents should bring:

·       72-hour supply of all medications

·       Sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets

·       Extra chargers and batteries for electronics

·       Headphones for music devices

·       Snacks and “comfort foods” – meals will be served

·       Those with special diets should bring appropriate foods

·       No weapons allowed

·       No illegal narcotics allowed

·       No alcohol allowed

Residents with pets (Bunnell Elementary only):

·       Animals must be crated

·       Animals must have current vaccination records and supplies, including medications

·       “Pets” are dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, and turtles

·       Four (4) pet maximum

·       No snakes, reptiles or farm animals and livestock

·       No drop offs

Residents with special needs (Rymfire Elementary):

·       Special needs residents are those who require assistance with daily living or who have medical conditions that prevent or hinder their ability to care for themselves, as well as those who require electricity or oxygen

·       A family member or caregiver should stay at the shelter with the individual

·       Special needs shelters provide only limited medical care

Check for current information on Flagler County’s websitewww.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county’s partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow “Flagler County Government” or “Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county’s social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:

·       Facebook.com/FlaglerCountyGovernment

·       Facebook.com/FlaglerEOC

·       Twitter.com/FlaglerCtyGov

·       Twitter.com/FlaglerEM

·       Flagler County TV at Spectrum Channel 492

 

(9/8/17  2:00pm)

Hurricane Irma Shelter Update

Voluntary evacuation zones are Zones A, B, C, and F.  If you are in a voluntary evacuation zone, leave now. Your best course right now is to head to family or friends who are not in an evacuation zone. If there are no other options, shelters open at 7am Saturday.

Shelters are:
Rymfire Elementary School (special needs)
1425 Rymfire Dr, Palm Coast
Bunnell Elementary School (household pets)
305 N. Palmetto St., Bunnell
Buddy Taylor Middle School and Wadsworth Elementary School (general population)
4500 Belle Terre Pkwy, Palm Coast

There is a  LIMITED number of cots available at our general population shelters. 
Please bring your own bedding, to include only single/twin air mattresses. Any larger will not be allowed.

Please visit www.flaglercounty.org/irma for updated storm information.

(9/7/17  6:15pm)

Special needs applications update

September 7, 2017 – Residents with special needs will be able to register in person at the shelter when the time comes, if they have not already done so.        

There is a printable form available at www.flaglercounty.org/special_needs. At this time, officials are asking residents not to sign up online at the Florida Special Needs Registry. “Residents wishing to register for the special needs shelter may register in-person at the shelter unless transportation assistance to the shelter is necessary,” said Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten. “If transportation assistance is needed in order to get to the special needs shelter, residents should call 386-586-5111 to pre-register with a call taker and make arrangements.”

Flagler County has not yet opened emergency shelters, which are intended to serve as a last resort for those who are unable to otherwise evacuate the area.

Flagler Schools announced late Wednesday that all classes and activities are cancelled Friday in advance of the storm.

Though not opened at this time, shelters will be prepared at Rymfire Elementary – for special needs – and at Bunnell Elementary for residents with crated, domesticated pets and the general population.

--Bunnell Elementary – General Population and Pets

305 N. Palmetto Street, Bunnell

--Rymfire Elementary – Special Needs

1425 Rymfire Drive, Palm Coast

Check for current information on Flagler County’s websitewww.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county’s partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow “Flagler County Government” or “Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county’s social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:

·       Facebook.com/FlaglerCountyGovernment

·       Facebook.com/FlaglerEOC

·       Twitter.com/FlaglerCtyGov

·       Twitter.com/FlaglerEM

(9/7/17 2:30pm)

Rumor Control

September 7, 2017 – Flagler County officials urge residents not to listen to rumors.

“People have called saying they heard that they will be unable to re-enter the state of Florida if they leave. That is not true,” County Administrator Craig Coffey said. “Please listen only to official sources.”

Flagler County officials are holding a press conference at 3:30 p.m. Thursdaythat will be streamed the county’s YouTube site: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbH-zderuZg0xe1s84x05rQ. Representatives will also include the county’s municipalities, Flagler County Schools and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will all provide updates.

Check for current information on Flagler County’s website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county’s partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow “Flagler County Government” or “Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county’s social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:

·       Facebook.com/FlaglerCountyGovernment

·       Facebook.com/FlaglerEOC

·       Twitter.com/FlaglerCtyGov

·       Twitter.com/FlaglerEM

 

Shelter Information (9/7/17  10:00am)

September 6, 2017 – If Hurricane Irma remains on the current course, shelters will likely open on Saturday morning, and residents should plan ahead if they intend to evacuate to one of them.

“The National Hurricane Center continues to track and define Irma’s path,” Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten said. “We are paying close attention and planning accordingly. We have not opened shelters yet, and we will send out notification as soon as the decision is made.”

Flagler Schools announced late Wednesday that classes and activities are cancelled Friday in advance of the storm.

Shelters will be prepared at Rymfire Elementary – for special needs – and at Bunnell Elementary for residents with crated, domesticated pets and the general population.

Bunnell Elementary – General Population and Pets

305 N. Palmetto Street, Bunnell

Rymfire Elementary – Special Needs

1425 Rymfire Drive, Palm Coast

If necessary, the special needs shelter will open first to allow extra time to transport and situate residents at that shelter. Those who have registered on the special needs evacuation registry will be individually called in advance of the shelter opening.

Notification will be posted on Flagler County’s website, www.flaglercounty.org, to notify the community when the shelters are to open, as well as through the local media.

Some cots will be available at the shelters. Residents will be permitted to bring single/twin size inflatable mattresses. Queen and king size mattresses will not be allowed.

All residents should bring:

  • 72-hour supply of all medications
  • Sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets
  • Extra chargers and batteries for electronics
  • Headphones for music devices
  • Snacks and “comfort foods” – meals will be served
  • Those with special diets should bring appropriate foods
  • No weapons allowed
  • No illegal narcotics allowed
  • No alcohol allowed

Residents with pets (Bunnell Elementary only):

  • Animals must be crated
  • Animals must have current vaccination records and supplies, including medications
  • “Pets” are dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, and turtles
  • Four (4) pet maximum
  • No snakes, reptiles or farm animals and livestock
  • No drop offs

Residents with special needs (Rymfire Elementary):

  • Special needs residents are those who require assistance with daily living or who have medical conditions that prevent or hinder their ability to care for themselves, as well as those who require electricity or oxygen
  • A family member or caregiver should stay at the shelter with the individual
  • Special needs shelters provide only limited medical care   

(9/6/17  4:45pm)

 

Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager announces all schools will be closed Friday and Monday in advance of Hurricane Irma. While we are not expected to feel the effects of the storm until later in the weekend Superintendent Tager says, “Out of an abundance of caution, I want to give our families the additional time to prepare their homes for this storm or to evacuate if they feel that decision is in their best interest.”

All after-school activities planned for Friday and Monday, as well as all weekend activities have been canceled.

Shelters are being prepared to provide a safe environment for our Flagler Community. These emergency shelters, which are shelters of last resort are not expected to open until Saturday morning at the earliest. We are preparing Rymfire Elementary School as a special needs shelter and Bunnell Elementary School as a general population/pet shelter. Additional sites may be opened, as necessary.

We encourage all Flagler County residents to prepare for this massive storm. You can find additional information at www.flaglercounty.org.

 

(9/6/17  1:45pm)

Flagler Schools is monitoring Hurricane Irma and we are in constant contact with our local and state emergency managers. No cancellations have been announced at this time. We are constantly getting updates on this storm's path and timeline. Should closures be needed, it will be so our families have time to make storm arrangements or evacuations.

Now is the time for you to make sure your contact information is up to date at your child's school so you will receive the latest phone and email updates via our Skyward system.

Updates to our school status, if needed will be via phone, our District website, and social media accounts.

Please visit www.flaglercounty.org/emergency for updated storm information from Flagler County.

Additionally, an informational call center is open Wednesday until 6pm and lines will be open from 6am-11pm Thursday. That number is (386) 586-5111.