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This week, as students continue to take part in SCUBA Week and kayak excursions, our leadership team on campus continues to monitor the path of category five hurricane, Irma. For the past week, we have implemented measures to ensure that we are prepared for whatever weather comes our way. We have food, water and medical items stocked. Our staff and faculty have been working hard to remove any and all debris from around campus, including plant debris and long branches on any trees. Should we need it, we have shelters well above potential storm surge levels that are equipped with storm shutters and generators. If needed, our students would be housed in the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), which is situated furthest from the ocean, above our largest fresh-water cisterns on campus. Our faculty and staff, including those living in Deep Creek, would be housed between our on-campus apartments.

The second floor of CSD, where students and other community members will be sheltered should the need arise.

The second floor of CSD, where students and other community members will be sheltered should the need arise.

Our on-campus faculty apartments serve as additional shelter.

Our on-campus faculty apartments serve as additional shelter.

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While we are exercising extreme caution, we hope that Hurricane Irma will continue to track south and west of us here on The Cape. Should we feel her effects, they would most likely be in the form of heavy winds and intense rain. For now, however, we continue to enjoy blue skies and calm seas. Our students on kayak excursions remain close to campus (accessible by boat or by land) and our students engaged in SCUBA Week are close to shore. Both of these activities will have concluded by tomorrow afternoon, granting our students access to each other and to shelter and resources, as well as giving them the opportunity to ask questions, to prepare, and to better understand the impact these types of storms can have. 

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We will be updating social media regularly and will be posting here to the blog at least once per day. Should you have any further questions, you can contact our Boston office (staff will be available and expecting calls throughout the storm), by email at info@islandschool.org, or by phone at 866-730-6624.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out - we appreciate the well wishes. Check back soon for updates!