Hurricane Information


Governor Rick Scott has activated the Florida Disaster Fund to support individuals who are impacted by Hurricane Irma. The Florida Disaster Fund helps provide financial support to Florida’s communities in times of disaster. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10.

Hurricane Irma

Florida Virtual School Offers Assistance to Displaced Students

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) will provide remote access to educational resources to all Florida students who were displaced by Hurricane Irma. Additionally, FLVS will provide access to digital educational materials to help the hardest hit school districts as they work to return to normal operations.

Schools and districts interested in assistance should contact Larry Banks, Director of District and Franchise Solutions for FLVS, at 407-484-4031 or lbanks@flvs.net. Individual students should visit www.flvs.net to begin the registration process or email info@flvs.net for special accommodations. Military families should reach out to Caprice Woodburn, Sr. Manager of Florida Services for FLVS, at 239-850-9366 or cwoodburn@flvs.net.

Hurricane-Related Documents

DOE has waived statutory and rule requirements related to residency and student records to enroll students displaced by Hurricane Irma and authorize relief to facilitate the recovery of those students. Additionally, Commissioner Stewart has extended the deadline for eligible teachers to submit required documentation to for the Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program to their school districts to December 1, 2017. The deadline for school districts to submit documentation to DOE was also extended, to January 2, 2018. 

The Florida Department of Education has received many questions about instructional hours in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Commissioner Stewart issued guidance to superintendents via a memorandum.

Testing windows for certain assessments were adjusted to provide scheduling flexibility for school districts impacted by Hurricane Irma. Once the department knows the full effect of this year’s hurricane season, it will address any needed changes to the statewide assessment schedule.

Hurricane Maria

Florida Virtual School Offers Assistance to Displaced Students

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) will accept 20,000 Puerto Rican students who were impacted by Hurricane Maria to ensure they are able to continue their education. Whether students are still in Puerto Rico or in Florida, they can take advantage of this program. Displaced Puerto Rican families who are interested in signing up for FLVS should contact Liz Chico at 863-606-8033.

Hurricane-Related Documents

On October 6, 2017, Governor Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Education (DOE) to waive rules and regulations to ensure Puerto Rican students impacted by Hurricane Maria are able to continue their education in Florida. The Governor also directed DOE to waive the educator certificate application fee and other requirements to help Puerto Rican educators displaced by the storm more easily continue their teaching careers in Florida.

Rescheduled Meetings

Financial Emergency Board Meeting

Financial Emergency Board for the School District of Jefferson County - Due to Hurricane Irma, the meeting scheduled for September 14, 2017, 1:00 p.m., in Tallahassee, Florida, was postponed and will be rescheduled.

K-12 and Postsecondary Assessment Stakeholder Meetings

  • Monday through Wednesday, October 30th – November 1st: Florida Standards Assessment Bias and Sensitivity Review, Jacksonville. Reviews will be conducted at future meetings which were previously scheduled.
  • Monday through Thursday, October 30th – November 2nd: Florida Standards Assessment English Language Arts and Mathematics Content Item Reviews, Jacksonville. Reviews will be conducted at future meetings which were previously scheduled.
  • Monday through Friday, September 25th – 29th: Florida Standards Assessment Mathematics End of Course Assessments Content Item Review, Jacksonville. Reviews will be conducted at future meetings which were previously scheduled.
  • Monday through Thursday, November 6th – 9th: Florida Standards Assessment English Language Arts and Mathematics Content Item Reviews, Jacksonville. Reviews will be rescheduled.
  • Monday through Tuesday, October 23rd – October 24th: NGSSS Science and Social Studies Bias and Sensitivity Review, Jacksonville. Reviews will be rescheduled.
  • Monday through Thursday, October 30th – November 2nd: NGSSS Science and Social Studies Content Item Reviews, Jacksonville. Reviews will be rescheduled.

FTCE Meetings

L2 Principal Test Development
Dates: October 17-18th, 2017
Location: FAU-Davie, FL

Site Closures - Florida Teacher Certification Examinations and Florida Educational Leadership Examinations

Site Name
Closure Date

Pearson VUE Test Center-Ft Lauderdale NW 10th Terr
9/9