FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2005
CONTACT: Jennifer Fennell or Cheryl Etters (850) 245-0413
Department of Education Establishes Hotline to Assist Students Impacted by Hurricane Katrina
TALLAHASSEE - Education Commissioner John L.
Winn today announced a toll-free, telephone number
established to provide information on elementary through
university education opportunities available to
long-term evacuees temporarily residing in Florida
following Hurricane Katrina. The 1-877-FLCARE1
(1-877-352-2731) hotline is intended for students and
families seeking information on access to Florida public
schools, community colleges, career preparation
programs, and public or private colleges and
universities. It will become active at 8 a.m. (EDT)
tomorrow. Callers will be directed to resources to
assist them with enrolling themselves or their children
in K -12 public schools and institutions of higher
learning. A dedicated e-mail address is also
"Florida stands ready to lend a helping hand to
ensure students can carry on with their studies," said
Commissioner Winn. "We have created a one-stop contact
point for putting people in touch with resources that
can help them get information on admission to elementary
schools through graduate schools. We want these students
to have the ability to stay in school, and we want their
families to have the peace of mind of knowing that their
son or daughter will continue their education,
regardless of the tragedy that surrounds them now."
The hotline will be available to callers within
Florida from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. (EDT), seven days a week.
Calls received on weekends will be directed to a voice
mail system and regularly checked.
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