Officials from Palm Beach County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County School Districts have decided to keep schools open for Wednesday. All schools will operate at normal hours. Bus routes including Palm Tran will run on normal operating hours as well.
PALM BEACH COUNTY
Palm Beach County school officials have been in contact with the County Emergency Operations Center and the National Weather service regarding the approaching storm to be able to make the best decision regarding public school operations for the region.
Based on an assessment of all of the information, it appears this will be a rain event, that winds will not prevent buses from running and that student and staff safety will not be jeopardized.
Therefore, all Palm Beach County public schools will be open and operating on time on Wednesday. Any announcements regarding changes to after school activities will be made on Wednesday.
Officials are appealing to parents for assistance in keeping the students safe. Parents should ensure that the students are dressed to travel in rainy weather, especially during afternoon dismissal.
Officials will continue to monitor the storm throughout the evening and overnight. If there are any changes to the storm track or intensity requiring a change in school operations, the media will be carrying the latest information and the district’s web sites and emergency telephone lines will be updated accordingly.
Again, all Palm Beach County schools are open on Wednesday. Parents should dress students for travel in rainy weather, especially during afternoon dismissal.
The Martin County School District continues to monitor Tropical Depression 16. Based on the 5 P.M. advisories and forecasts from the National Weather Center and Emergency Operations Centers, all Martin County public schools will be open on Wednesday, September 29th. Schools and buses will follow their regular schedules. All employees should report to work at their regularly scheduled locations and times.
Weather forecasts describe Tropical Depression 16 as a rain event. Parents are encouraged to plan accordingly.
Should there be a significant change in weather conditions and forecasts that warrant any changes to school schedules, updates will be provided to the local media as well as posted on the district’s website, www.sbmc.org.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY
Public schools in St. Lucie County will be open on Wednesday, September 29, based on discussions throughout the day today with St. Lucie County Emergency Management officials relative to local weather projections for Tropical Depression #16, Superintendent Michael Lannon announced this evening.
School district officials will continue to monitor the storm throughout the evening and overnight as it is expected to strengthen and potentially bring heavy rain and flooding to the region. If there are any changes to the storm track or intensity requiring an adjustment in school operations, the district’s web site will be updated accordingly and media advisories distributed.
Parents should ensure that students are dressed to travel in rainy weather, especially during afternoon dismissal, school officials noted.
“Every day in school is fundamentally important for the instruction of students, and is key to the operational function of the school district,” Lannon said, “but concern for the safety of children, their families and school staff is an overriding interest,” he added.
Please monitor the school district web site and WLX The Education Channel on Comcast and Hometown Cable for updates.
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