Hurricane Season

Information and Updates

Hurricane season in the Atlantic began June 1st and ends November 30th

MSPCS follows the Miami-Dade School District storm policies as they work directly with the National Hurricane Center and Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management during the hurricane season.

MSPCS UPDATES

Monday, September 18th

We are pleased to announce we will be reopening school on Tuesday, September 19 at the regular time.

We had four days built into the yearly calendar for moments like this. To date, we have been out of school for eight days. Therefore, we have to make up four days. As soon as we finalize a plan, we will provide you with the details.

We look forward to seeing all of the students and their energetic, smiling faces.

Sunday, September 17th

Today – Thom Timko (church member and a parent of a third and first grader) has organized a “clean-up” party after church (12:00 – 12:30 ish) to tackle the downed trees and debris on the playground. If you have time afternoon, please come lend a hand. School families will receive DOUBLE VOLUNTEER HOURS.
As you heard yesterday, the school will NOT open on Monday. We anticipate being able to be open on Tuesday, but it is not official yet. The delay in our reopening is attributed to part of the school building does not have air conditioning, and there is a significant amount of debris remaining to be cleaned up.
We all need to think of and thank our maintenance crew who has been working around the clock since Irma’s arrival. The efforts of these three men have been incredible and worthy of our greatest praise. A special thank you to Thom Timko who has also been working very hard to help with the cleanup.

Saturday, September 16th

At this time, our campus is still not fully operational. Our dedicated maintenance staff is working diligently to restore our grounds and buildings. Debris removal, repairing wind damage, and fixing the air conditioning are ongoing.

We anticipate opening on Tuesday; the campus will not be ready by Monday. We will continue to send updates through official school email, Facebook, and our website.

Our top priority is to prepare the campus to welcome students and staff back to a safe and comfortable teaching and learning environment, while at the same time ensuring that everyone has adequate information and time to plan for their first day back to school.
We hope that most, if not all have had your power restored and are returning to a sense of normalcy. Take this extra time with your families and friends, before you know it we will be back to school.

Thursday, September 14th

At this time, our campus and buildings remain closed. We will continue to send updates through official school email, Facebook, and our this page.

The maintenance staff is involved in an extensive cleanup and repairs throughout the campus. As you can imagine by seeing the aerial coverage and photos coming from South Florida, this is a daunting task for our amazing and dedicated maintenance crew. There’s no way to accurately predict when we will be open because we have to have the electricity operational and the grounds completely cleared for the safety of the students and staff.

 

To prepare your family, plan on returning Monday, but it could be as late as Wednesday. Our goal is to give you two days notification before reopening our doors.

 

If you are making your way back to home travel safely, take your time, and demonstrate patience. This is a difficult period for everyone as they put their lives back together, so trust in people’s good intentions, lean on each other for support, and help when you can.
Take comfort in the words of Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble,” knowing that we are all protected and looked-after.
Give an extra hug to your children, as we miss them as much as they miss us.

Wednesday, September 13th

Our church maintenance team is working tirelessly to restore the campus from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. We will reopen as soon as it is safe, full power is restored, and our staff has returned.

 

Please continue to check this post, follow our Facebook updates, and check your email when you can. Stay safe, have patience, and cherish this time with family and friends.

Monday, September 11th

Miami Shores Presbyterian Church School will remain closed until further notice.

 

As most of our school and staff families evacuated South Florida and they are spread out across the United States; I anticipate school reopening sometime next week. Our reopening may not coincide with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools because of the unique nature of our campus. Therefore, it is imperative that you stay informed by reading the school’s official emails and visiting our website and Facebook page.

 

I am in communication with Pastor Dennis. He, along with the maintenance crew, will be assessing our damages later in the day and providing me with an update. As soon as I have information I will share it with you.

 

This is a time to come together and help those in need. Hebrews 13:16 states – 16 “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

 

Your family has been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and cherish the time you have with your family and friends.

Otis

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2:30pm – Tuesday, September 5th

 

SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED: Thursday, September 7th and Friday, September 8th.

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Tuesday, September 5th

As a result of Hurricane Irma and the uncertainty of its impact on South Florida, our Back to School Night and Grandparent’s Day Celebration have been postponed. We will reschedule these important events at a later date.

 

MSPCS will follow the Miami-Dade Public School System weather and/or emergency related closings. We will be updating Facebook and the website regularly to keep you informed. We ask that you not call the school office(s) requesting information, because it is imperative that we keep our phone lines open. You should listen to local radio or watch local television stations for the most up to date information. Another informative page to follow is Bryan Norcross’s Facebook page.

 

Thank you and please stay safe.

Otis

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