In Person Teaching Resumes Tomorrow
In-person class sessions are expected to resume tomorrow in the rural areas of Cayo. The Ministry of Education announced that classes would be suspended due to the impact of Julia. Some classes were flooded and others were being used as shelters. The Education Center Manager of the Cayo District, Jahmor Lopez, says they have addressed the issues and schools are ready for tomorrow.
Jahmor Lopez, Center Manager, Cayo District: “There were some schools where the compound got flooded and water entered some of the classrooms but that has been taken care of already so in terms of damage damage we haven’t received any report of any structural damage. Basically just water that entered the classroom either from the roof, the wall, the windows, maybe due to the elevation of the water entered and that has been taken care of already. We had a couple schools that were opened to be utilized as shelters, we had in the Succotz area we had Victorious Nazarene, there was Mopan Technical, Sacred Heart Primary, they had a couple families that were in those shelters but they have already left so no school is currently being utilized as a shelter.”
Lopez says they while classes resume tomorrow, they are still taking into consideration the difficulties that teachers and students who commute from far reaching areas are facing.
Jahmor Lopez, Center Manager, Cayo District: “We know that the flood has impacted communities and certainly we know that some of our teachers and our students have been affected. We continue to get reports, there is usually the damage and needs assessment that is done that is ongoing. What we know is that our schools are ready for tomorrow so there might be some cases, individual cases and that will be deal with at the school level. Yes we do have students who commute from some remote areas to come into town or to access school that is not in their community and in terms of road access etc I am not able to speak about that. If you have lets say there is a rainy day for those students who are able to reach the school they will be able to reach to school and then there are those who might now be able to. School will be ready tomorrow for those who are able to access.”