Hurricane Irma Updates

Update: Campus to Reopen Monday, September 18 at 9 a.m. 

All Campus Classes, Online Classes, Labs, and Staff Work Schedules to Resume Monday, September 18, at 9 a.m. 

Following the effects of Hurricane Irma, we are thankful to share that Full Sail’s campus has regained power in many of our main student and staff facilities, therefore we are prepared to reopen this Monday, September 18 to resume full student class schedules and staff work schedules.

 

Full Sail University’s campus will reopen Monday, September 18 at 9 a.m. 

 

All campus classes, online classes and labs will resume on Monday, September 18 at 9 a.m. 

 

Staff and Faculty are asked to return to work during their regularly scheduled hours on Monday, September 18.

 

Further assessments of campus indicated minimal damage to select locations, and restoration of designated areas may take some time to complete. However, classes that are regularly scheduled in these spaces will be temporarily relocated to new locations on campus.

 

Campus Students – Important Changes to your schedules week of 9/18-9/24

 

The Education Department would like to ask all CAMPUS students to log into Connect, Sunday night, 9/17, after 6pm, and make note of 1) additional class make up sessions for your course(s) that have been added to the week of 9/18-9/24, and/or 2) new classroom assignments due to one or more buildings still being closed for restoration.

 

Again, we advise campus students to refer to Connect for updates regarding class locations. In the event any staff needs to be temporarily relocated on campus, your supervisor will contact you.

 

For all students with concerns regarding assignments, please rest assured that our instructors and advisors will continue to work with both online and campus students to extend deadlines and make pragmatic accommodations as needed. Any questions regarding assignments should be directed to individual faculty members and/or student advising.

 

Any students or staff members experiencing hardships or other extenuating circumstances related to Hurricane Irma are encouraged to reach out to student advising (for students) and leadership inside your department (for staff).

 

We look forward to welcoming all students, staff, faculty and guests back to campus on Monday!

Student Update: Campus Closure Friday, September 15

Full Sail Students,

Full Sail’s campus will remain closed for classes on Friday, September 15 through the weekend.

It is our hope to restore to full class operations on Monday, September 18.

Please note, this is still contingent on the regional utility company’s ability to fully restore power to the community and our campus. If power is not generally restored to the campus, we cannot ensure a safe environment for you, which is the top priority for us.

While power restoration remains key, the following is a list of recent encouraging updates:

  • A majority of apartment complexes where our students reside have reported full power restoral.
  • Overnight, we regained power in more locations across campus. And this morning, more parts of the campus are showing signs of life.
  • Major intersections surrounding the campus are regaining power, which is a sign that is consistent with our signs of power restoral.
  • We have been able to clean up campus, and address what has fortunately been minimal damage, while fully maintaining our online systems for students and staff.

If you haven’t already seen our recent announcement regarding Student Relief Events for local students, we encourage you to visit https://go.fullsail.edu/irma/student-relief for more information on how to attend and participate. We hope you will join us!

We also understand many students traveled out of town. If you have not yet returned to the region, or are concerned about traveling back to the region, please gauge your comfort level and return when comfortable. For all students with concerns regarding assignments, please rest assured that our instructors and advisors will continue to work with both online and campus students to extend deadlines and make pragmatic accommodations as needed.

Again, our hope is to welcome all students back to campus on Monday, September 18. We will continue to provide status updates over the next four days.

Note for Incoming Students:

Knowing registration is on Monday, September 18, we have administrative support (admissions and financial aid) on site to support you. While current students are not on campus at this time, we are able to host you in select offices, and we are of course available by phone.

– Full Sail University Administration

Student Update: Support Event Schedule Forthcoming

Full Sail Students,
As much of Central Florida and the State of Florida has been affected in numerous ways following Hurricane Irma, one effect that continues to impact many individuals and institutions is the lack of electricity at their homes or businesses.

We understand many campus and online students within the area are currently without power in their homes and apartments, and like you, our campus is also experiencing limited power. Please know we are as anxious as you to get back to shooting films, recording, animating, and other day-to-day activities and classes. We are working hard to restore the campus, but without power supplied by the region’s utility provider, we cannot yet provide a fully safe environment for you to return.

However…

Student Relief Events at Full Sail Live – The Show Must Go On

In an effort to be of support to you, our students, who are experiencing power outages or feeling a little overwhelmed, we are implementing a plan to power up Full Sail Live and hold events (with refreshments and staff support) beginning this Friday evening (see below for a special pre-event tomorrow night – Thursday – at 5pm) for you to attend should you choose.

Full Sail Live (technology willing) will be powered by a generator capable of supporting the venue. This accomplishment is in no small part due to our collaboration with our friends and partners at WWE and we are very thankful for their support.

A full schedule of events, including film screenings, gaming competitions, DJ’s, etc., will be forthcoming. Please stay tuned to the Full Sail Blog, Connect and Full Sail’s Social channels for details.

NXT Tomorrow Night (Thursday) – The Show Will Go On

Tomorrow night, WWE will be taping their rescheduled NXT event at Full Sail Live.

We will provide an outdoor gathering spot outside of the Entertainment Business Building (FS3B) starting at 5pm on Thursday for students to come by and grab refreshments and snacks. If additional seats open up inside the NXT taping, students at the FS3B gathering will be provided tickets for free on a first come, first-served basis.

Now… The proceeds from the tickets sold for this NXT taping, which are normally used to support future scholarships, will go to help fund the student events mentioned above. Thank you to WWE for graciously standing with Full Sail in our students’ time of need!

Stay Tuned In

While we hope that power returns to your home/apartment and to campus as soon as possible, we are also prepared to hold events through the end of next week, if needed. Again, stay tuned for a specific schedule and updates on the Full Sail channels

We look forward to seeing some of you tomorrow and in the days to come.

— Full Sail University Administration

Campus Students: Important Update Regarding Living Expenses Checks

While classes and campus are remaining closed on Thursday September 14th, Full Sail will be allowing campus based students who are expecting a living expense check this week to pick up their checks from 4:30pm to 5:15pm on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Please check your Connect email prior to coming to campus for notification verifying that you are scheduled to receive a check this week. Distribution will be held in the Building 1 Welcome Center. You must have your Full Sail student ID on your person.

If you are an online student or your living expense check is coming from a Plus loan, checks will be mailed as normal this week.

Any student who is not available to come to campus will be able to pick up their check from the business office once the office is reopened. Please continue to monitor Connect for these updates.

Please feel free to access https://campusportal.fullsail.com/ and view your financial summary to see if you are scheduled for a stipend this week before attempting to pick up.

We appreciate your understanding during this time of restoration.

Sincerely,
Full Sail University Business Office

Student Update Regarding Campus Closure for Thursday, September 14

Full Sail Students,

As we continue to assess campus conditions – including power outages across campus – to ensure a safe return for all students following the effects of Hurricane Irma, the campus will continue to remain closed on Thursday, September 14.

Please keep in mind all campus classes and labs are cancelled at this time.

We will continue to make our best effort to keep you informed of any relevant updates, as new information is made available. In the event we are caused to delay the re-opening we will share additional communications through our various channels.

For all students with concerns regarding assignments, please continue to rest assured that our instructors and advisors will continue to work with both online and campus students to extend deadlines and make pragmatic accommodations as needed.

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus soon.

Full Sail University Administration

Student Update Regarding Hurricane Irma – Tuesday, Sept 12

Full Sail Students,
As we continue to assess campus conditions to ensure a safe return for all students following the effects of Hurricane Irma, the campus will continue to remain closed on Wednesday, September 13.

Please keep in mind since all campus classes and labs are cancelled at this time, all students are asked to remain off campus until we formally announce the re-opening.

We will continue to make our best effort to keep you informed of any relevant updates, as new information is made available. In the event we are caused to delay the re-opening we will share additional communications through our various channels.

For all students with concerns regarding assignments, please continue to rest assured that our instructors and advisors will continue to work with both online and campus students to extend deadlines and make pragmatic accommodations as needed.
We look forward to welcoming you back to campus soon.

— Full Sail University Administration

Update, Sun. Sept. 10: Full Sail Campus to Remain Closed Through Tuesday, September 12

Monday, September 11 – The mandatory curfew remains in effect for Orange County through 6 p.m.

Orange County has shared that crews are still assessing damage on the roads, downed power lines and traffic lights, therefore the mandatory curfew remains in effect for Orange County through 6 p.m.

This curfew does not apply to emergency responders, employees at hospital and health care facilities, and critical staff for businesses that provide essential commodities and services. Patience is needed to ensure the removal of debris, the safety of first responders, and recovery crews.

Since all campus classes and labs are cancelled at this time, all students are asked to remain off campus and stay home and safe until we formally announce the re-opening of campus.

The Orange County Emergency Operations Center is activated at a Level 1. For official Orange County emergency information, visit www.ocfl.net/Irma

For additional details from Orange County visit: https://newsroom.ocfl.net/2017/09/orange-countys-office-emergency-management-10-m-sept-11-press-briefing/

As Central Florida continues to feel the effects of Hurricane Irma, we wanted to provide the update below:

The campus will be closed on Monday, September 11, and will remain closed on Tuesday, September 12.

Our plan is to return to full operations on Wednesday morning, September 13. If new factors come to bear that cause us to delay the re-opening we will communicate through these channels.

Rest assured that our instructors and advisors will work with both online and campus students to extend deadlines and make pragmatic accommodations as needed.

Since all campus classes and labs are cancelled at this time, all students are asked to remain off campus and stay home and safe until we formally announce the re-opening of campus.

Together, our priorities are the safety and well being of one another and the preservation and security of Full Sail. Please stay tuned via one or more of the communication methods listed below for further information and updates:

1) The Connect websites.
2) Via email, voicemail and text messages (Emergency Notification System)

3) Announcements posted throughout the campus including entrances and exits.
4) A recorded message with the latest updates at 407-673-5363 or 407-657-5462

5) Updates posted via the official Full Sail University Twitter account @FullSail, the Full Sail Blog, and Fullsail.edu

We will make our best effort to keep you informed of any relevant updates through all the channels mentioned above.

Stay tuned to local media outlets and the Orange County website (http://www.orangecountyfl.net) for more details regarding Hurricane Irma.

CAMPUS CLOSED BEGINNING 9am FRIDAY, SEPT. 8 [UPDATED WITH SHELTER  and CURFEW INFORMATION; SEE BELOW]

According to the National Hurricane Center, Central Florida will be feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma as early as Saturday, September 9. Therefore, class and event procedures are as follows:

The campus will be closed beginning at 9:00 am Friday, September 8 and will remain closed until the passing of the storm.

Full Sail will communicate the re-opening of the campus after we have had enough time to assess the future track of the hurricane. Our hope is that would be early to mid next week (the week of September 11-15) based on ongoing evaluation throughout the weekend.

Since all campus classes and labs are cancelled beginning Friday, September 8, all campus students are asked to remain off campus and stay home and safe. Similar to our standard protocol for campus closures – for example during the holidays – all student access badges will be deactivated beginning at 9:00 am Friday as the campus and its facilities will be closed. Please make arrangements to bring any personal belongings home with you in advance of Friday and please remember to remove your vehicles, motorcycles, and bikes from campus (all bicycles remaining on campus after 4pm Friday, Sept. 8 will have their security chains cut and be impounded in a secure location).

All students may continue to work on assignments online as long as the Learning Management System (LMS) remains active. All assignment deadlines will be extended to a later date. Please reach out to your teacher to determine a course of action for your schoolwork deadlines and absences.

Our education department is currently working on a plan for our online students. As our capabilities to teach online classes may be less impacted and may also precede our ability to reopen for campus classes, we will stay in close communication with the Full Sail community in our efforts to best serve our online students. Rest assured that our instructors and advisors will work with both campus and online students to extend deadlines and make pragmatic accommodations as needed.

Full Sail’s Behind The Scenes Tour (BTS) scheduled for Sunday, September 10 will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date.

Please remember to remove your vehicles, motorcycles, and bikes from the campus.

Together, our priorities are the safety and well being of one another and the preservation and security of Full Sail. Please stay tuned throughout the day tomorrow via one or more of the communication methods listed below for further information and updates:

1) The Connect websites.

2) Via email, voicemail and text messages (Emergency Notification System)

3) Announcements posted throughout the campus including entrances and exits.

4) A recorded message with the latest updates at 407-673-5363 or 407-657-5462

5) Updates posted via the official Full Sail University Twitter account @FullSail, the Full Sail Blog, and Fullsail.edu
Stay tuned to local media outlets and the Orange County website (http://www.orangecountyfl.net) for more details about hurricane preparedness, severe weather supplies, open shelters, etc. We will make our best effort to keep you informed of any relevant updates through all the channels mentioned above.

Curfew Info:

ORANGE COUNTY CURFEW TO TAKE EFFECT SUNDAY, SEPT. 10 AT 7 P.M.

In an effort to ensure safety, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, in her official capacity as Director of Emergency Management, which includes unincorporated and incorporated areas of Orange County, will issue a mandatory countywide curfew to be in effect from Sunday, September 10 at 7 p.m. through Monday, September 11 at 6 p.m. This curfew will not apply to emergency responders, employees at hospital and health care facilities and critical staff for businesses that provide essential commodities and services.

As of 9 a.m. Saturday morning, Orange County opened shelters for the general population, including pet-friendly shelters. Currently, Orange County has a total of 19 shelters open. New shelters that have opened on Saturday, Sept. 9 include Union Park Middle School, Conway Middle School and Apopka Middle School. Apopka High School and Colonial High School shelters are at capacity. Barnett Park is at 80 percent capacity.

LYNX is offering free transportation to any Orange County shelter. For questions, contact GoLynx.com or call LYNX’s customer service line at 407-841-5969.

A list of those shelters with information on what to bring to the shelters can be found at ocfl.net/Shelters or call 311.

For official Orange County emergency information, please visit www.ocfl.net/Irma.

Orange County will also open PSN, “Persons with Special Needs” shelter. Individuals who have registered for a PSN shelter will be contacted with the location information of the shelter that they have been assigned, along with information on transportation assistance if needed.

When planning to stay in a shelter, individuals are asked to bring an emergency supply kit, a pillow and blanket, toiletries, important papers and medications, snacks, water, flashlight and other essential personal items. These items should last individuals for at least 72 hours.

For a list of what to bring with you when you evacuate and the latest information on Hurricane Irma’s impact to Orange County, please visit www.ocfl.net/irma.

 

Types of Shelters:

  • Persons with Special Medical Needs: Are you housebound or require special medical assistance? Please call 311 (or 407-836-3111). Orange County has shelters for those who require special medical care. Call 311 for information or 407-836-9319 for registration forms and instructions. Individuals traveling to a PSN shelter are asked to prepare before arriving to the shelter. Learn what you’ll need to stay prepared here. Please note, Orange County does not publicly disclose the addresses of Persons with Special Needs shelters.
  • General Shelters: All Orange County shelters follow the practices and procedures established by the American Red Cross (ARC); all shelter workers and volunteers are trained by the ARC. At Orange County’s general population shelters, individuals are asked to complete an informational registration form, but no identification is required.  For individuals participating in a state registry, appropriate shelters are available; staff and volunteers can help direct individuals as necessary. Please note that shelters are alcohol, drug and weapon free zones.
  • Pet-Friendly SheltersEnsure pet vaccinations are current and consider microchipping pets if not already done so to ensure you can find pets in the event you are separated. Have a copy of your pet’s medical records, which should be included in your “Pet Disaster Kit.”Arrange for a safe place to stay that permits pets and research places that are pet-friendly. (Note – animals are not allowed in Red Cross Shelters, except for service animals, so you may want to stay with a friend or relative, or motel/hotel that is pet-friendly.) If possible, PLEASE do not leave pets behind during an evacuation or emergency. With pending serious weather, bring all house pets inside.
Shelter Name Address Type of Shelter
 

Apopka High School

 

555 Martin St. Apopka, FL 32712

 

General Population

 

Colonial High School

 

6100 Oleander Dr.

Orlando, FL 32807

 

General Population

 

East River High School

 

654 Columbia School Rd. Orlando, FL 32833

 

General Population

 

Edgewater High School

 

3100 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32804

 

General Population

 

Memorial Middle School

 

2220 29th St.

Orlando, FL 32805

 

General Population

 

Odyssey Middle School

 

9290 Lee Vista Blvd.

Orlando, FL 32829

 

General Population

 

West Orange High School

 

1625 Beulah Rd.

Winter Garden, FL 34787

 

General Population

 

Barnett Park Community Center

 

4801 W. Colonial Dr.

Orlando, FL 32808

 

General Population

* Pet Friendly

 

Bithlo Community Center

 

18501 Washington Ave.

Orlando, FL 32820

 

General Population

*Pet Friendly

 

Tuesday, Sept. 5: Storm being closely monitored

While Central Florida and Full Sail have weathered dozens of tropical storms and hurricanes in the past, your safety is our priority. Our University administration and operations teams are meeting throughout the day today to come up with a schedule and timelines for announcements should we have to make decisions regarding changing, postponing, or cancelling classes or events later this week or beyond.

Storm Update

As of Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Hurricane Irma is located 270 miles east of Antigua and is continuing its path to the west at 14 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 170 mph. Forecasters are currently stating that potential U.S. and Florida impacts are possible, with location unclear.

Communications

Full Sail will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and keep Full Sail students, faculty, and staff members updated through the Emergency Notification System (ENS). That system includes emails to any Full Sail staff email or student fullsail.edu account. It also allows for communications through cell phone voicemail and text messaging. An announcement reminding you how to ensure that your cell phone is part of the ENS system is forthcoming. We strongly recommend you review that announcement when it arrives.

Future updates will be available via Connect, and a recorded message with the latest updates will be available by calling 407-657-5462 or 407-673-5363. Please use Connect as your primary method for tracking the most current updates. This website will be our official way of communicating with you in an effort to keep our phone lines open in the event of an emergency. We will also be providing updates via the official Full Sail University Twitter account @FullSail, Full Sail blog, and http://www.fullsail.edu.

Now is the time to prepare, not panic. In anticipation of a possible impact—and with the understanding that hurricane season lasts through November—Full Sail recommends that you starting thinking now about what you would do in the event of a storm. Before a situation arises, all students, faculty and staff should have a pre-packed weather emergency kit. This kit should include any prescription medications being taken as well as first aid supplies. Additionally, students should have cash on hand as well as enough food to last several days in the event of an extended power failure. Vehicles should be gassed up in the event service stations remain closed for extended periods of time.

For additional details on how to prepare for hurricanes or tropical storms, please visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

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