Published On: Tue, Sep 12th, 2017

Palm Beach County Schools and Universities Expected to Resume Classes Next Week

By: Michael Demyan

Lynn University students playing some Monopoly during Camp Irma. Photo via Lynn University

Palm Beach County schools and universities are still closed in the wake of Hurricane Irma and are not expected to open this week.

District Superintendent Robert Avossa released a statement this morning addressing questions on when schools would return to normal operations. He said that at the moment, the goal is to reopen all Palm Beach County district schools on Monday, Sep. 18.

“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,” he said.

Avossa originally hoped to open schools by Thursday, however the lack of electricity and air condition on multiple campuses made that impossible. Days that have been missed and the following days until schools are reopened will not need to be made up during previously scheduled vacation days, such as Thanksgiving and winter break.

Florida Atlantic University is also currently closed, however resident students will be able to return to campus Wednesday, Sep. 13 at 9 a.m. Food will be made available. Faculty and staff will report the next day, while classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, Sep. 18. The university will be creating a plan to make up missed classes.

Palm Beach State College will completely reopen for classes on Monday, Sep. 18 as well. Additional information will be relayed to students through their emergency alert system.

As Lynn University continues to be without power, they have not made any decisions on when they expect to reopen and resume classes. Students who are on campus can register for Camp Irma, which was created to entertain students during the power outage. Activities have included an Uno competition, karaoke and hot yoga.

Lynn students can keep up to date on announcements through lynn.edu/alert.

UPDATE: After power was restored on campus, Lynn University announced that classes will begin on Monday, Sep. 18.

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