If a storm is threatening, there’s a good chance schools will close — usually around the time a storm watch has been issued for the area.
School districts may send recorded telephone messages to students’ homes to say when schools will close and when they’ll reopen.
You also should monitor TV, radio and newspapers and school district websites.
Schools might close a day or two before a storm’s landfall so they can be converted into shelters.
After the storm, classes might not immediately resume. After Wilma, some schools closed for weeks.
Even if your child’s school is undamaged, if several others are inoperable, managers might opt to keep all schools closed to prevent a districtwide imbalance of school days.
It might take a while to repair the damage at schools and clean up all the debris caused by the storm and by the people using the schools as shelters.
Some schools will be too damaged to use anytime soon and others will have to be converted or students shifted to other schools.
Some schools will have generators, but power will need to be restored.
Buses also might need to be repaired and roads they travel must be free of debris and have working traffic signals.
Palm Beach County: (561) 357-7500 or (866) 930-6001; www.palmbeachschools.org
Martin County: (772) 219-1200; www.martinschools.org
St. Lucie County: (772) 429-3600. Also: Monitor WLX-TV educational channel (Comcast Cable channel 13-Fort Pierce and channel 19-Port St. Lucie; Hometown Cable channel 19); www.stlucieschools.org; twitter.com/stlucieschools
Okeechobee County: (863) 462-5000; www.okee.k12.fl.us
Florida Atlantic University: (561) 297-2020 (Boca Raton); (561) 799-8020 (Jupiter); (772) 873-3330 (Treasure Coast); www.fau.edu; twitter.com/faunews; twitter.com/flaatlanticu; facebook.com/FloridaAtlantic
Palm Beach Atlantic University: Faculty and staff: (561) 803-2088/(800) 299-6483; students and parents: (561) 803-2089/(800) 400-5076; www.pba.edu; twitter.com/PBAtlantic; facebook.com/PBAUniversity
Palm Beach State College: (561) 967-PBCC (7222) or (866) 576-PBCC (7222); www.palmbeachstate.edu; twitter.com/pbstatecollege; facebook.com/PalmBeachStateCollege
Indian River State College: (772) 462-4772; www.irsc.edu; twitter.com/IRSCTheRiver; facebook.com/IRSC.fanpage
Northwood University: (561) 478-5500; www.northwood.edu; twitter.com/northwoodu; facebook.com/NorthwoodU
Not all days will be activated.
Palm Beach County: In this order: Oct. 19, Nov. 21, Feb. 19, Feb. 18, Jan. 7, Jan. 4, April 1, Jan. 3.
Martin County: To be determined as needed.
St. Lucie County: Nov. 19-20.
Okeechobee County: Nov. 19-20.