Miami-Dade and Broward County public schools will be closed through at least Friday, school officials said Tuesday.
The goal is to open Monday.
“Two-thirds of our schools still do not have power,” Miami-Dade County Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said at a Tuesday press conference. He noted that preliminary inspections of more than 300 schools show that buildings suffered minor to moderate damage “but no catastrophic impact at any site.”
It is still uncertain when schools will reopen their doors. Carvalho hinted on Twitter that schools will not reopen until FPL issues a power-restoration timeline — and when that will be is hard to tell.
Carvalho posted on social media that there are still “downed/inoperable traffic lights, trees, and debris around many schools making access difficult and hazardous.”
Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie confirmed Tuesday that all schools and district offices will be closed until next week, primarily because of power outages at more than half of the schools.
“Our goal is to reopen schools on Monday, Sept. 18, pending the restoration of power,” Runcie said Tuesday afternoon during a press conference at the Broward Emergency Operations Center. “At this time, only 52 percent of our schools have power fully restored.”
Runcie said school officials also assessed damage at county schools that have led to about 600 work orders for repairs.
“About 50 percent of those work orders are related to roof-related issues, such as roof leaks,” Runcie said. “The other 50 percent are related to HVAC, electrical, fire alarm and carpentry related matters. We believe that we’ll certainly be able to address those and get back on track to starting on Monday.”
In addition, Runcie said, portable classrooms at Broward schools suffered some of the worst damage.
“There has been some significant amount of roof damage to portable classrooms, notable around Falcon Cove [middle school in Weston] and Cypress Bay High School [in Weston]. They have a large number of portable classrooms.”
Miami Herald staff writer Daniel Chang contributed to this report.