All secondary schools around the island have been reopened since the passage of Hurricane Maria, while nine primary schools remain closed.
Chief Education Officer, Melena Fontaine stated at the press briefing on Friday 24 November 2017, that some schools are still being used as hurricane shelters.
“Out of our fifty eight primary schools, forty nine of them are now open and out of our fifteen secondary schools all have now reopened. However out of the forty nine primary schools reopened, forty two have opened for all students while seven are opened only for the upper grades. Eight primary schools are still shelters while nine primary schools have not yet reopened. Out of the fifteen secondary schools reopened, nine are opened for all students while six are opened for only the upper levels. Three of our secondary schools are still shelters,” Fontaine stated.
All schools not operating on a shift system run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Christmas vacation is carded for December 20th, 2017 to January 3rd 2018, she added.
“The Ministry of Education, my office and our staff will continue to work to ensure that all our students will have access to their education by the end of December 2017,” Fontaine further added.