Archived Announcements

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.

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.