Miami-Dade, Broward public schools closed indefinitely after Irma

miamiherald | 9/11/2017 | Staff
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Miami-Dade and Broward public schools will remain closed until further notice due to recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma.

Among the reasons, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said at a press conference Monday that the schools had to undergo safety inspections.

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Miami-Dade public schools will almost certainly remain closed through Wednesday, and may stay shuttered until Monday as the system unwinds shelter operations at dozens of schools, cleans up damage and monitors the status of the county’s largest single workforce.

Carvalho said there were no reports of major structural damage at schools, but felled trees and other Irma damage left many inaccessible. While most evacuees have left, some schools converted to shelters are still housing people. And with so many school employees stuck elsewhere in Florida in a failed attempt to avoid Irma, Carvalho said it’s not clear how quickly teachers and staff will be ready to return to work.

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“I am thankful we were able to dodge the grenade. But not the bullet,” Carvalho said during a press briefing outside Miami’s Shenandoah Middle School. “Access to some schools remains somewhat limited. But the structural integrity of our school building did very solid and very strong.”

Two large trees crashed through a fence in the school’s perimeter, blocking the parking lot.

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Carvalho said schools officially remain closed until further notice. Tuesday’s closure has already been announced. The superintendent said it looks nearly impossible to imagine schools opening Wednesday.

“We cannot reopen schools until all shelters are cleared. We cannot reopen schools until all schools have been inspected,” he said. “Lastly, our workforce, 52,000 strong, a lot of them migrated north to avoid the storm. Unfortunately the storm followed them. They need to be able to return to Miami.”

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