DORIAN: School District Says Shelter Space Available, No Update On School Reopening

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BOCA RATON, FL ( (Source: Palm Beach County School District) — The School District of Palm Beach County continues to work closely with Palm Beach County Emergency Management officials as the District monitors Hurricane Dorian and its slow progress toward Florida. The Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center remains in full, level 1,  activation.

Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for residential structures in Zones A and B.

For this reason, our nine, school-based, general population shelters remain open, as does the County’s special needs shelter. Plenty of room remains available should you decide to seek refuge in a shelter.

To determine if your home is in a storm surge evacuation zone, go to

The general population shelters are:

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elem. School, 1501 Avenue U, Riviera Beach

Independence Middle School, 4001 Greenway Dr., Jupiter

Lakeshore Middle School, 425 W Canal St N, Belle Glade

Pahokee Middle School, 850 Larrimore Rd, Pahokee

Palm Beach Gardens High School, 4245 Holly Dr., Palm Beach Gardens

Palm Beach Central High School, 8499 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington

Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Rd, Lake Worth

Forest Hill High School, 6901 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach,

Atlantic Community High School, 2455 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

The special needs shelter is located at 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm 

Beach. If you are registered, you should have received notification. People with 

special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling

(561) 712-6400 or visiting our website

The pet-friendly shelter is located at 6000 Northtree Boulevard, Lake Worth. This shelter is available to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zone or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited and restrictions apply. Each pet must be accompanied by only one owner who will stay at the shelter. Other family members will need to stay at nearby Park Vista High.

Two shelters are open in the Glades area for those who live in a manufactured or mobile home, have substandard construction or live in a flood-prone area.

The Sheriff’s Office is assuring everyone that immigration status will not be checked for any person coming to a shelter. All bags you bring with you to a shelter are subject to search. Weapons are not allowed.

If you choose to go to a hurricane shelter, please bring the following with you:

  • Bedding materials (sleeping bag, blankets, pillow); cots are not provided
  • 2 changes of comfortable clothes
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cell phone and a battery-operated charger
  • Medicines
  • Snacks and any special diet foods
  • If you prefer bottled water, please bring your own. Water will be provided on site, but not necessarily bottled.
  • Games, books and playing cards for entertainment during your stay
  • Space is limited, so please pack accordingly

Important: The available space for each person at a general shelter is 20 square feet. That’s 4 feet by 5 feet of floor space. Please bring snacks with you.

Palm Beach County shelters are currently housing about 2,600 evacuees at the 9 general population shelters and the special needs and pet shelters.


  • Public schools will be closed through Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

The School District of Palm Beach County will continue to update you as additional information becomes available. Stay safe and stay informed. Visit




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