Archived Announcements

FSDB Alert – Wednesday, September 13, 2017 

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Immediately after the impact of Hurricane Irma, FSDB underwent campus-wide safety assessment and recovery efforts. Other than main power outage, the campus has far less damage than last year. We have some downed trees and limbs, minor water intrusion that did not affect student spaces, minor roof damage, and storm debris covering campus roadways and surrounding areas. Designated school personnel and contractors are working tirelessly to return the campus to normal operations by this weekend. We will let you know if this plan changes.

The FSDB family has stayed exceptionally positive during the recovery process. We thank all involved for their patience and support, and we eagerly look forward to the arrival of students for classes starting on Monday, September 18, 2017. Check for updates on the FSDB website and FSDB social media (Facebook and Twitter).

Wind, rain, or shine, there is no stopping the FSDB family from doing more, being more, and achieving more!

#FSDBpride  #IHeartFSDB  #StAStrong

Alerta FSDB – Miércoles, 13 de Septiembre de 2017

Inmediatamente después del impacto del Huracán Irma, la FSDB se sometió a evaluaciones de seguridad y esfuerzos de recuperación en todo el campus. Aparte de la perdida de energía eléctrica principal, el campus tiene mucho menos daño que el año pasado. Tenemos algunos árboles y ramas caídas, una intrusión menor de agua que no afectó los espacios estudiantiles, daños menores en el techo y escombros de tormenta que cubren las calles del campus y áreas circundantes. El personal escolar designado y los contratistas están trabajando incansablemente para restablecer las operaciones normales del campus para este fin de semana. Le informaremos si este plan cambia.

La familia FSDB se ha mantenido excepcionalmente positiva durante el proceso de recuperación. Agradecemos a todos los involucrados por su paciencia y apoyo, y esperamos ansiosamente la llegada de los estudiantes para las clases que comenzaran el lunes, 18 de septiembre de 2017. Busque actualizaciones en el sitio web de FSDB y en las redes sociales de FSDB (Facebook y Twitter).

¡El viento, lluvia o sol, no detienen a la familia de FSDB de hacer más, ser más, y lograr más!

#FSDBpride #IHeartFSDB #StAStrong

FSDB Alert – Tuesday, September 12, 2017 

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Students, staff, and community members continue to be in our thoughts and prayers as we collectively recover from the impact of Hurricane Irma.

FSDB classes have been cancelled for the remainder of this week. At this time, we anticipate that Student Home on Weekend (SHOW) students will be picked up on Sunday, September 17, 2017 and classes will resume on Monday, September 18, 2017. We will know more as we progress through the campus recovery plan this week. We will let you know if this plan changes.

Safety is a paramount concern, so we ask that you do not enter or walk around the edges of the FSDB campus, as there may be fallen trees, limbs, wires, and unstable areas with building debris. Staff will be notified, as needed, to return to work.

FSDB is operating on limited generator power until main power is restored by FP&L. An initial list of damages across campus has been generated. This list will be updated as we continue to assess the campus and begin repairs. Contractors have been secured to assist with our recovery plan.

We understand that there are many questions, and we simply ask for your patience as we work through our recovery plan. Staff, students, parents/legal guardians, alumni, and friends – we ask your cooperation in letting our emergency response and contractual personnel do their jobs.

Check for regular updates on the FSDB website as well as FSDB social media (Facebook and Twitter).

Thank you for your support and cooperation!

Alerta FSDB – Martes, 12 de Septiembre de 2017

Los estudiantes, el personal y los miembros de la comunidad siguen en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones mientras nos recuperamos colectivamente del impacto del huracán Irma.

Las clases FSDB han sido canceladas el resto de esta semana. En este momento, anticipamos que los estudiantes de Student Home on Weekend (SHOW) serán recogidos el domingo, 17 de septiembre de 2017 y las clases comenzarán el lunes 18 de septiembre de 2017. Sabremos más a medida que avancemos en el plan de recuperación del campus esta semana. Le informaremos si este plan cambia.

La seguridad es una preocupación primordial, por lo que le pedimos que no entre o camine por los bordes del campus de la FSDB, ya que puede haber árboles caídos, miembros, cables y áreas inestables con escombros del edificio. El personal será notificado, según sea necesario, para volver al trabajo.

FSDB está funcionando con una potencia limitada del generador hasta que FP & L restablezca la alimentación principal. Se ha generado una lista inicial de los daños en el campus. Esta lista será actualizada a medida que continuamos evaluando el campus y comenzar las reparaciones. Los contratistas han sido asegurados para ayudar con nuestro plan de recuperación.

Entendemos que hay muchas preguntas, simplemente pedimos su paciencia mientras trabajamos a través de nuestro plan de recuperación. Personal, estudiantes, padres/tutores legales, ex alumnos y amigos – le pedimos su cooperación para permitir que nuestro personal de respuesta de emergencia y personal contractual haga su trabajo.

Busque actualizaciones periódicas en el sitio web de FSDB, así como en los medios sociales de FSDB (Facebook y Twitter).

¡Gracias por su apoyo y cooperación!

FSDB Alert – Monday, September 11, 2017 

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Students, staff, and community members remain in our thoughts and prayers as we collectively recover from the impact of Hurricane Irma. Our thanks go to everyone who has expressed concern about FSDB. The campus remains closed until further notice.

Safety is a paramount concern, so we ask that you do not enter or walk around the edges of the FSDB campus, as there may be fallen trees, limbs, wires, and unstable areas with building debris. No one should go to campus until after we have completed a safety assessment – at this time, the school emergency response team is awaiting approval to enter the campus. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. We are working closely with our local, county, and state community partners.

Check for regular updates on the FSDB website as well as FSDB social media (Facebook and Twitter).  The school website also has an Emergency Resources page with helpful links.

Again, thank you for your concern!

Alerta FSDB – Lunes, 11 de Septiembre de 2017

Los estudiantes, el personal y los miembros de la comunidad permanecen en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones mientras nos recuperamos colectivamente del impacto del huracán Irma. Nuestro agradecimiento a todos los que han expresado su preocupación por FSDB. El campus permanece cerrado hasta nuevo aviso.

La seguridad es una preocupación primordial, por lo que le pedimos que no entre o camine por los bordes del campus de la FSDB, ya que puede haber árboles caídos, miembros, cables y áreas inestables con escombros de construcción. Nadie debe ir al campus hasta después de haber completado una evaluación de seguridad – en este momento, el equipo de respuesta de emergencia de la escuela está a la espera de la aprobación para entrar en el campus. Proporcionaremos actualizaciones a medida que se disponga de nueva información. Estamos trabajando estrechamente con nuestros socios de la comunidad local, del condado y del estado.

Busque actualizaciones periódicas en el sitio web de FSDB, así como en los medios sociales de FSDB (Facebook y Twitter). El sitio web de la escuela también tiene una página de recursos de emergencia con enlaces útiles.

Una vez más, gracias por su preocupación!

FSDB Alert – Thursday, September 7, 2017 

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The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is closed Monday-Tuesday, September 11-12, 2017. Due to the unpredictable nature of Hurricane Irma, we will not have answers regarding exact timelines for return of students to campus. This information will not be available until after the storm has passed and after we assess its impact on the campus.

Parents/legal guardians will receive notification via Skylert when the school reopens. In the meantime, updates will be provided as they become available on the FSDB website and FSDB social media (Facebook and Twitter).

The FSDB website also has an Emergency Resources page with helpful links. We have also learned that Comcast has opened its WiFi hotspots to non-customers across the state of Florida – find out more here.

Alerta FSDB – Jueves, 7 de Septiembre de 2017

La Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) estará cerrada el lunes 11 y martes 12 de septiembre de 2017. Debido a la naturaleza impredecible del Huracán Irma, no tendremos respuestas sobre las líneas de tiempo para el regreso de los estudiantes al campus.  Esta información no estará disponible hasta después de que el huracán haya pasado y después de evaluar su impacto en el campus.

Los padres / tutores legales recibirán una notificación vía Skylert cuando la escuela reabra.  Mientras tanto, se proporcionarán actualizaciones a medida que estén disponibles en el sitio web de FSDB y en las redes sociales de FSDB (Facebook y Twitter).

El sitio web de FSDB también tiene una página de Recursos de Emergencia con enlaces útiles.  También tenemos entendido que Comcast ha abierto sus hotspots WiFi a no clientes en todo el estado de la Florida- para más información oprima aquí.

FSDB Alert – Wednesday, September 6, 2017 

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Based on the latest emergency management information, it is still too early to know if or how Northeast Florida and the FSDB campus will be impacted by Hurricane Irma. School is cancelled for Monday, September 11, 2017. 

Check for regular updates on the FSDB website as well as FSDB social media (Facebook and Twitter).  The school website also has an Emergency Resources page with helpful links.

Once FSDB has more definite information, we will reach out to parents/legal guardians regarding students’ return to FSDB via Skylert, social media, the website, and phone calls (please update ASAP your Skyward emergency contact information). 

Alerta FSDB – Miércoles, 6 de Septiembre de 2017

Basado a la información más reciente sobre la gestión de emergencia, aún es demasiado temprano para saber si el huracán Irma afectará y de que manera el Noreste de la Florida y el campus de la FSDB. La escuela ha sido cancelada el lunes, 11 de septiembre de 2017.

Busque actualizaciones periódicas en el sitio web de FSDB, así como en las redes sociales de FSDB (Facebook y Twitter). El sitio web de la escuela también tiene una página de Recursos de Emergencia con enlaces útiles.

Una vez que FSDB tenga más información, nos comunicaremos con los padres/tutores legales sobre el regreso de los estudiantes a FSDB a través de Skylert, las redes sociales, el sitio web y llamadas telefónicas (por favor, actualice lo Antes Posible su información de contacto de emergencia de Skyward).

FSDB Alert – Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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FSDB has begun emergency preparedness efforts and is working with the St. Johns Emergency Operations Center and the National Weather Service.  We are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma, which is a strong storm and growing in size.  Governor Scott has declared a state of emergency and Florida residents are strongly encouraged to prepare for the hurricane well in advance.

The safety and security of FSDB students are our topmost priority. Based on the latest emergency management information from throughout the state, we have decided there will be no classes this Thursday and Friday, September 7-8, 2017.  SHOW bus students will go home Wednesday, following the Friday schedule. Yellow day bus students will go home Wednesday at their regular dismissal time – this includes students who are picked up by their parents/legal guardians.

At this time, we are not able to determine when students will be able to return to FSDB.  Regular updates will be shared on the FSDB website as well as FSDB social media (Facebook and Twitter).  The school website has an Emergency Resources page with helpful links.

Parents/legal guardians are encouraged to update their emergency contact information in Skyward, so they can receive timely Skylert messages.

Alerta FSDB – Martes, 5 de septiembre de 2017

FSDB ha comenzado los preparativos de emergencia, en colaboración con el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia de St. Johns y el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. Estamos vigilando de cerca el Huracán Irma, es una fuerte tormenta y va creciendo en tamaño. El Gobernador Scott ha declarado un estado de emergencia y se recomienda encarecidamente a los residentes de la Florida que se preparen para el huracán con antelación.

La seguridad y la seguridad de los estudiantes de la FSDB son nuestra máxima prioridad. Sobre la base de la información más reciente sobre la gestión de emergencias de todo el estado, hemos decidido que no habrá clases este jueves 7 y viernes 8 de septiembre de 2017. Los estudiantes que Van a Casa el Fin de Semana en los Autobuses SHOW se irán a sus hogares el miércoles, siguiendo el horario del viernes. Los estudiantes que Viajan en los Autobuses Amarillos de día, irán a sus hogares el miércoles a su hora de salida regular – esto incluye a los estudiantes que son recogidos por sus padres / tutores legales.

En este momento, no podemos determinar con precisión cuándo los estudiantes podrán regresar a la FSDB.  Las actualizaciones regulares serán compartidas en el sitio web de la FSDB, así como en los medios sociales de FSDB (Facebook y Twitter). También le enviaremos mensajes Skylert, si es que usted se ha registrado para recibirlos. El sitio web de la escuela tiene una página de Recursos de Emergencia con enlaces útiles.

Se anima a los padres / tutores a actualizar su información de contacto de emergencia en Skyward para que puedan recibir mensajes oportunos a través de Skylert.

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FSDB Severe Weather Alert
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:35 am

FSDB has been monitoring weather conditions to ensure the safety and security of campus students, staff, and stakeholders. The recent tornado warning has been lifted and we have accounted for all involved.

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FSDB Severe Weather Alert – Final Update
January 22, 2017 – 10:30 pm

The FSDB campus was not impacted by the dangerous weather predicted for the St. Augustine area.  All staff and students on campus have been accounted for, and campus police will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the night.  Normal operations resume tomorrow morning.

FSDB Severe Weather Alert
January 22, 2017 at 07:15 pm

All SHOW buses have arrived on campus and students are now in their dormitories for duration of the evening.  FSDB is continuing to monitor storm alerts, which remain in effect.  We encourage staff/parents/legal guardians to activate weather alerts on their cell phones and keep tabs on the FSDB website and social media for further updates.

FSDB Severe Weather Alert
January 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM

The severe storm anticipated to  impact our area this afternoon/evening is considered to be unprecedented based on severity and type. St. Augustine is in the area designated as high risk with 30% probability for tornado activity. The storm is moving very quickly with anticipated wind gusts up to 80 mph and potential golf ball sized hail. We are monitoring the storm on a continuous basis, and we put into action all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of students both in transit and upon arrival – this includes redirection to shelter if necessary. We encourage staff/parents/legal guardians to activate weather alerts on their cell phones and check the FSDB website and social media for further updates.

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The emergency and non-emergency announcements below were issued in connection with Hurricane Matthew.

November 7, 2016

Individuals impacted by Hurricane Matthew can register for FEMA disaster assistance – web: disasterassistance.gov; phone: 800.621.FEMA (3362); and tty: 800.462.7585. Have the following information when applying: 1) social security number – one per household; 2) address of damaged home or apartment; 3) description of the damage; 4) information about insurance coverage; 5) telephone number; 6) mailing address; and 7) bank account & routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is pleased to announce that classes will resume on Monday, October 17, 2016. Students on SHOW buses will follow the Sunday bus schedule. Students on Day buses will follow the regular schedule on Monday morning.

The impact of Hurricane Matthew on the campus led to basement water intrusion in three buildings (vacant spaces within Moore Hall, Rhyne Hall, and McLane Hall), the carpeted area at the south doors of the Chapel, the first floor of Pope Hall and McClure Center, as well as the Student Organization Building. There was also damage to trees throughout the campus.

Immediately after the storm, the FSDB campus underwent safety assessment and planning for disaster recovery efforts. Contractors and designated school personnel have been on campus since Saturday sanitizing areas with water intrusion, making necessary interior repairs, and removing fallen trees and debris. These efforts necessitated temporary arrangements. High school programs on the first floor of Pope Hall are now located in other areas of the campus. Boarding students in McLane Hall are now in MacWilliams Hall. Our plan is for staff and students to return to their regular locations in the coming weeks.

The FSDB family has stayed exceptionally positive throughout the recovery process. We thank all involved for their patience and support, and we eagerly look forward the arrival of students. Wind, rain, or shine, there is no stopping our family from doing more, being more, and achieving more!

#FSDBpride #StAStrong

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The FSDB campus continues to improve each day with intensive recovery efforts. We encourage you to view our photo gallery so you can see the positive progress made to date in campus restoration efforts.

We deeply appreciate the many offers of volunteer assistance for campus cleanup, but regret that we cannot accept them. Contractors are working with dedicated personnel around the clock to restore the campus to normal operations and progress is good.

We are thankful for the many individuals and businesses asking what we need here on campus and what our students and staff need. We are in the process of reaching out to students and their families. We are also receiving news about staff members impacted by Hurricane Matthew. At this time, we do not know their specific needs. If you are interested in helping, please email or call Tanya Rhodes, Executive Director of Advancement, at rhodest@fsdb.k12.fl.us, or 904.827.2235.

We continue to anticipate that the campus will be ready for classes to resume very soon. As we assess the recovery progress in the next few days, more information will be sent out about students returning and classes re-starting.

We understand that there are many questions and we thank you for your continued patience while we complete the recovery process. Please check for updates via the school website and social media.

Thank you for your support!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Students, staff, and community members remain in our thoughts and prayers as we collectively recover from the impact of Hurricane Matthew.

The FSDB campus looks so much better now than it did on Saturday. Dedicated personnel have been working hard to resolve safety conditions and clear roadways and surrounding areas. Floodwaters have now receded. Primary damage consists of water intrusion into some buildings and many fallen trees. We have contractors working diligently with our team to restore the campus to normal operations.

At this time, we are not able to announce a date for the return of students to campus. Our goal is for classes to resume next week. We will know more as we progress through the campus recovery plan this week.

We understand that there are many questions and we simply ask for your patience as we work through our recovery plan. Volunteer assistance, while appreciated, cannot be accepted at this time. We will continue to provide updates via the school website and social media.

Thank you for your support and cooperation!

Monday, October 10, 2016

At this time, we are not able to announce a date for the return of students to campus. Our goal is for classes to resume next week. We will know more as we progress through the campus recovery plan this week. We will provide updates via the website, Skylert, Facebook, and Twitter.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

At this time, we expect school will be closed this week, and we do not know yet when school will reopen. Designated personnel are focused on continued damage assessment and taking necessary steps to restore the campus. Please keep an eye on Skylert, Facebook, and Twitter for further updates.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

City and school safety officials are now assessing damages to and possible dangers that may exist on the FSDB campus and evaluating what needs to be done. Access is restricted only to safety personnel. Staff, students, parents, and friends – we appreciate your interest in the welfare of the campus and we ask your cooperation in letting them do their job. Again, please do NOT enter the campus at this time. As always, we will issue official updates on a regular basis via Skylert, Honeywell, Facebook, and Twitter.

Friday, October 7, 2016

The City of St. Augustine is preparing for damage evaluation and assessment of needs. At this time, access to FSDB is restricted and the school will remain closed until further notice. We will provide updates via Skylert, Honeywell, Facebook, and Twitter as more information becomes available.

Thursday, October 06, 2016 

FSDB will remain closed on Monday (10-10-16). Parents will be notified via Skylert, Facebook, and Twitter regarding the re-opening of school.

Wednesday, October 5, 2015 

FSDB is closed as of 2:00 pm today. Campus servers (including the website) will be shut down on Thursday as a safety precaution. Parents/legal guardians are strongly urged to check Skylert, Facebook, and Twitter over the weekend for school updates regarding student transportation plans.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 

Based on the latest emergency management information, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) students will not be in session on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday October 5-7, 2016. SHOW bus students will go home today at the regular dismissal time following the Friday schedule (notification via Skylert and phone). Yellow day bus students will go home today at their regular dismissal time (notification via Skylert and printed letter). Click here to access the Emergency Resources webpage.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Due to Hurricane Matthew, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will send students riding SHOW bus routes 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, and 12 home tomorrow, Tuesday, October 4. The SHOW buses will follow the Friday bus schedule. Updated information will be provided via the FSDB website and Skylert messages.

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