110 Miami-Dade public schools would not be able to open if the system had planned to reopen Friday. However, the county is still targeting Monday as the date it will resume operations to students.
That's according to Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho who added that 48 schools still remain without power.
Speaking at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami where officials were handing out free hot meals to residents, Carvalho said many issues remain before guaranteeing schools would open Monday.
"That depends on conditions, including the availability of power, either to all schools or to the vast majority of all schools, in addition to the removal of debris that, right now, impedes access to our schools."
Clearing up debris around schools appears to be more of a problem than previous thought.
Carvalho added that all buses in the system's fleet of over 1,000 vehicles have been fueled and will go through a dry run through routes on Saturday morning to ensure they have safe passage to schools.
Miami-Dade Public Schools will send out further information through the weekend on the proposed Monday restart date.
"We are ready to go," said Carvalho. "The two factors that continue to impact us and our ability to open is the availability of power and electricity to school as well as the removal of debris."