Tropical Storm Update From Dr. Griffin

Hello Seminole County Families,

This is Superintendent Walt Griffin.  I want to take this opportunity to explain how we handle and monitor storms like Hurricane Erika.  As a district, we work hand in hand with the Seminole County Emergency Operations Center monitoring the weather several times a day.

Although Hurricane Erika appears it may be downgraded to a Tropical Storm before it hits South Florida, I want to explain how I would communicate school closures or the cancellation of events.  In the event we ever had to alter the beginning of school, dismissal of school, or close an extra day, I would use this call-out system, our SCPS website, our district social media channels, and all our local news media outlets.  In addition, schools would communicate with you any news specific to them.

I need your help as a community to reach out to every SCPS family you know and make sure that they have a correct and current phone number and email in our Skyward system.  Our phone call-out system uses Skyward to pull your number and email to forward our messages to you.

In addition, I encourage you to sign-up for our text messaging service by texting the word "Join" from your cell phone to the number 56360.

Our website is www.SCPS.us, any emergency news will be posted on the front page.  At this point, it is anticipated that classes and extracurricular activities will run on schedule on Monday.  Any change will be communicated to you by your child's school and will be a decision made on a school-by-school basis depending on current conditions.

Finally, please know that the number one concern of SCPS and myself is your child's safety.  Please stay tuned this weekend in case any new changes or developments occur.  Thank you!


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