RT @pbcsd our hope was to reopen schools Thursday, it's clear that there will not be power for a majority of our facilities - back on Monday— Robert Avossa (@Supt_Avossa) September 12, 2017
The Palm Beach County School District now says campuses will remain closed for the rest of the week.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa says a majority of schools still have no power or working air conditioning systems. He anticipates reopening schools on Monday, September 18.
He also assures parents that time will not be taken away from scheduled holidays to make up for days missed.
Treasure Coast school districts are closed on Wednesday and are still determining when they will reopen.
Here is a statement from the PBC Schools Superintendent, posted at the district's website:
In the aftermath of a disaster, returning to everyday routines are a critical component to restoring a sense of normalcy to our communities. We know how important our schools are to re-establishing those routines.
Based on reports from my facilities team this morning, and my conversations with leaders at utility companies including Florida Power & Light, our schools will not be ready to return to service this week. A majority of schools remain without power or working air conditioning systems. We anticipate reopening schools on Monday, September 18.
Our hope was to reopen schools by Thursday, but it is increasingly clear that there will not be power for a majority of our facilities.
We know that crews are working overtime to restore electricity to our schools and buildings, but we have no guarantee that power will be restored to all our schools in enough time to reopen this week.
I want to assure everyone that we will not take time from previously scheduled holidays, including our time at Thanksgiving and Winter Break, to make up for these days that have been missed.
If the schools have the electricity, we will be ready to greet everyone on Monday.