Bay District Schools – Update

From Bay District Schools:

IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT THE START OF SCHOOL 10/18 2:30 p.m. – (Please be advised that the following is dependent upon the scheduled restoration of water and power to the rest of our county)

Superintendent Bill Husfelt is pleased to announce that he anticipates ALL Bay District Schools students will be back in class NO LATER THAN the week of November 12th … if utility restoration allows us to return more quickly we will certainly do that (assuming the shelters are closed earlier than planned as well).

Currently we have shelters operating at Bozeman, Breakfast Point and Surfside and we need those schools back operational as schools in order to get our district back up and running (while being completely sensitive to the needs of the people in those shelters who have lost everything).

The District has 200 portable classrooms set to arrive shortly and has identified the handful of schools that cannot be opened in the next few weeks. Some secondary schools will be operating on a shared schedule (we are not ready yet to release that list) but our elementary students will attend for a full school day.

We are working to expand our Bay Base schedule to support working families as well. We have spoken with community leaders about the dire need for transitional housing for our employees and our families and the need for childcare so that people can return to work.

They are listening to us and have pledged their support and quick action. When schools reopen we will be providing meals and bus transportation for our students (another reason for the wait is that all roads must be navigable by bus and there must be safe bus stops established in all neighborhoods).

We are working with officials in Tallahassee to ensure that all needed waivers, extensions and exemptions are granted so that none of our students or employees are held accountable for storm-related delays or missed deadlines.

We appreciate the support of our community during this difficult time and we look forward to bringing school back into our daily lives … school is an important part of the normal routine for 28,000 Bay County students and we want to do everything we can to restore that for them ASAP.

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