GARDENS OF MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Nearly 50 schools in South Florida had to cancel in-person classes on Tuesday due to flooding and electricity issues they face in the aftermath of tropical storm Eta.
Miami-Dade County public schools primarily face flooding, but Broward County schools face both flooding, power issues, and more, prompting them to keep students at home.
“It looks like 2020 will continue to surprise us,” said Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
At least 17 Miami-Dade schools were affected by the flooding, with most of the province’s north.
“Even though we cannot report any significant damage to any one of our schools, there were disruptions in our community,” Carvalho said. “The schools themselves were not flooded with very few exceptions, but the neighborhoods around the schools were.”
The floods made it difficult for students and staff to access school.
Closed schools included American Senior High in Hialeah, Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami Lakes and Carol City Senior High, and Lake Stevens Elementary and Middle Schools in Miami Gardens.
About 7,000 Miami-Dade students have made the switch to online learning.
In Broward County, 23 schools have done the same. The situation in this area was more complicated, with reports of floods and roof leaks.
Some schools remained without air conditioning, while others lost electricity.
There is still plenty of water at Silver Trail Middle School in Southwest Ranches, which has been closed along with Silver Palms Elemental in Pembroke Pines.
And West Broward High School appears to be sitting on lakefront property, with the entire campus wholly drenched.
While it may be days before some of Broward’s students can return to class, Miami-Dade expects all schools to reopen on Thursday.
“The fact that tomorrow is a public holiday gives us more time to re-inspect schools but based on the ratings we got yesterday and the additional inspections we received today, I am confident that when we are back on Thursday, all school locations will reopen. And we have a normal school day. We expect it to be a smooth and fantastic school day, and we appreciate the hard work of our team members and the patience of parents, students, and our staff,” Carvalho said.
But on Tuesday, district officials said 23 Broward schools used eLearning for students on Tuesday because of the Eta, including:
- Apollo Middle
- Chapel Trail Elementary
- Everglades High
- Hollywood Park Elementary
- Fairway Elementary
- Miramar Elementary
- New Renaissance Middle
- Silver Palms Elementary
- West Broward High
- Castle Hill Elementary
- Dillard Elementary
- Silver Trail Middle
- Endeavor Primary
- Gator Run Elementary
- Indian Ridge Middle
- Flamingo Elementary
- Fox Trail Elementary
One school, West Broward High in Pembroke Pines, will remain closed for the remainder of the week as cleaning up the storm will take longer than expected, officials said.
Superintendent Alberto Carvalho of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said flooding and access issues prevented some schools from reopening on Tuesday.
“The vast majority of @MDCPS schools are reporting a high level of readiness for reopening on Tuesday. However, the problems of flooding in the communities can pose problems of access to some schools,” Carvalho tweeted on Monday.