The Apopka Voice received two advisories from the Orange County Public Schools earlier today:
Regarding Hurricane Matthew and any closure of Orange County Public Schools, when wind gusts are sustained at 35 mph, our buses cannot operate safely on the road, so that is one condition which would cause the closure of all schools in OCPS.
Other reasons include, but are not limited to, the severity of the rain, the timing of the strongest impact of rain or winds, and the tornado warning potential.
Michael Eugene, Chief Operations Officer, indicates we work in conjunction with the National Weather Service in Melbourne, FL to obtain the scientific data needed to call for the cancellation of school, or the cancellation of afterschool activities.
Please encourage your readers, viewers, or listeners to monitor the front page of the OCPS website for the latest information under School Alert.
We will alert you as conditions change, or if an alert is required.
The second advisory contained the text of a message that went to all parents. OCPS will have another update tomorrow.
“Good afternoon Orange County Public Schools families. The district is closely monitoring Hurricane Matthew’s impact on our county in consultation with the National Weather Service and local emergency management offices. School and afterschool activities will go on as scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 5th. We will make a decision about school operations for Thursday by midday Wednesday. This will be communicated at your child’s school, by phone through a district ConnectORANGE message, on our website – ocps.net, and our Facebook and Twitter feeds.”
Keep checking with The Apopka Voice to stay informed.