K-12 officials across Florida won't know for days what toll Hurricane Irma will take on their schools, students, staff members, and local communities. But districts across the state offered their school buildings as shelters.
In Orange County, Fla.'s school system, leaders have been studying weather models for days, and ensuring there's enough fuel, food, and money in the bank for emergency spending and making payroll.
Gov. Rick Scott says that families should be prepared to evacuate in the face of the "life-threatening" Hurricane Irma, which has already left a trail of devastation in the Caribbean.
Florida's Miami-Dade school district will close on Thursday, ahead of Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm that could make landfall in Florida later in the week.
Some Texas coastal districts are racing to open just after Labor Day while others say they may be closed "indefinitely"
The storm has damaged schools and displaced thousands of students throughout Texas, and many officials say they'll be feeling the impact of the storm for months to come.
Determining the full extent of the damage will take weeks, if not months, as will determining how many students are ultimately displaced and where they end up.
Free lunch and transportation back to their home school are among the rights and services afforded students displaced by the devastating storm, all of which could put extra weight on local districts.
Catastrophic flooding and heavy rains led the nation's sixth-largest school district and several others to announce their closure for the rest of the week.
Through a pilot program with the city, the Philadelphia school district will add social workers at 22 schools, with the goal of some day expanding the program to all schools.