NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Contact: John J. Glisch, Associate Vice President, Communications
Office:    321-433-7017 
Cell:         321-794-0324
Email:     glischj@easternflorida.edu

EFSC Campuses to Reopen and Classes Resume Monday, Sept. 9

September 5, 2019, 11 AM Update - All Eastern Florida State College campuses will reopen and classes will resume on Monday, Sept. 9, allowing time for the safe return of students, faculty and staff who evacuated because of the uncertain path of Hurricane Dorian.

The Thurs., Sept. 5 fee due date for fall term classes that begin on Mon., Sept. 9 has been extended until Mon., Sept 9 when the college reopens. No students will be dropped for non-payment before then because of the college's closure.

For online courses or courses with an online component, please check online coursework for any alternate assignments and due dates. Due to the college's closure, instructor updates may not be available immediately inside Canvas. Your instructor will amend assignments when appropriate. For on-campus courses, instructors will share information during classes in the coming week and also amend assignments as needed.

If the closure impacted any placement testing, advising appointments or other events at EFSC, contact the appropriate department starting Sept. 9.

All EFSC critical systems were shut down Monday afternoon due to the approach of the storm, with access to the college website, myEFSC Information Services Portal and Canvas Learning Management System restored on Wednesday afternoon.

Financial aid disbursements and refunds scheduled for this week are currently being processed as planned according to the published dates, with the disbursement date updated from Sept. 3 to Sept. 5 because of the storm.

The storm's large size and uncertain track prompted the National Hurricane Center to issue a hurricane warning Sunday afternoon for a portion of Florida's east coast, including Brevard County, which prompted evacuations of in parts of Brevard County.

EFSC Emergency Managers met Sunday morning and for safety reasons extended the closure of all EFSC campuses through Sunday, Sept. 8, reopening Monday, Sept. 9.

Hurricane Dorian passed by Brevard County overnight on Tues., Sept. 3 as a Category 2 storm.

College officials made the initial closure decision Thursday because of Dorian’s uncertain track and its growing strength, which reached Category 5 status Sunday morning as it tracked over the Bahamas, with the winds dropping only slightly to Category 4 level Monday afternoon.

“Hurricane Dorian was an extremely dangerous storm with experts saying it would impact Florida’s East Coast, including Brevard County,” said college President Dr. Jim Richey.

“We closed the college out of an abundance of caution to give our employees and students time to prepare and make plans to ensure their safety.”

EFSC will keep its employees and students informed with updates as needed via TitanAlerts texts, the college’s website, social media platforms and 24/7 hotline 1-888-609-3313.

As new information is available it will be added at the top of this news release, with the date and time of the update indicated.

Throughout hurricane season, students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to review the College's storm season preparedness web page.