By Gary Nelson

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In schools across Miami-Dade and Broward, with the United Way’s help, parents, kids and residents got a hot lunch Friday, many for the first time since Irma turned out the lights.

“It’s been a sweaty aggravation. Very hot. No food, no nothing,” said parent Lashana Howard as she and her children were fed at Boyd Anderson High in North Broward.

“It’s crazy, everybody’s going crazy, but I just have to have patience, a lot of patience,” said parent Alejandra Somarriva as her children ate a hot meal at Miami Senior High.

The question remains, when will schools reopen?

“We feel pretty good about the current status. We remain confident that schools will open on Monday,” said Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent measured his words when talking about a restart.

“The tentative day for return back to classes is this Monday. But stay tuned to your local station and social media,” said Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

In Miami-Dade scores of schools remained inoperable, either due to a lack of power or debris that continues to block access.

In Lauderdale Lakes, 84-year-old Theresa Johanson trudged with her walker for blocks to get something to eat in the air conditioning of the high school.

“We are alive, that’s all that counts,” Johanson said. “Thank God.”

Broward County Sheriff’s deputies at the school promised that they would make sure the frail, elderly woman got back home safely, without having to endure a walk in the heat.

“Many children said they were anxious to get back to learning.

“I love school. I love to read. I study every day. I love books,” said Broward student Angela McNab.

Irma has written the book on misery for so many, waiting to return to normal.


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