- September 26, 2022
June marks the official start of hurricane season, and for many — including Orange County Public Schools — preparations are underway.
The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially began June 1 and extends through Nov. 30. At the state level, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the 2019 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, and it runs through Thursday, June 6. Qualifying items related to disaster preparedness currently are exempt from sales tax, including batteries, weather radios and certain generators. For a full list of qualifying items, click here.
In addition to statewide preparations, local government, businesses and school districts also are assessing and acting on their emergency-management plans. OCPS said in an email that it is prepared for the start of the 2019 hurricane season and takes steps to ensure readiness of school facilities, staff, students and families.
According to OCPS, the district is already acting on these steps in anticipation of hurricane season:
OCPS also has released the 2019-20 school calendar, which includes the prioritized bad-weather days.