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PSS to ‘adjust’ school boundaries

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THE Public School System is planning to “adjust school boundaries” to address  overcrowding in some middle schools, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said. 

“This will also address the teacher-student ratio, reduce commute time and allow for a safe evacuation in case of an emergency,” he told the Board of Education in a recent meeting.

He noted that Hopwood Middle School had a population of over 900 students in the last school year.

For SY 2020-2021, Hopwood  is expected to move back to its original campus in Chalan Piao, which has 19 classrooms only.

After Super Typhoon Yutu destroyed Hopwood, its students had to attend classes on a temporary campus in Koblerville.

PSS is now considering “redirecting” students who reside in Chinatown, Lower Navy Hill and Puerto Rico to other middle schools.

“More information will be coming,” Ada said. “The board has agreed  [to the proposal] and we are ready to launch our plan.”

The BOE has also approved the PSS proposal for a four-day school schedule.

Because PSS is planning to conduct remote and onsite classes, Ada said they will also change the policy on student attendance.

In addition, Ada wants to limit the number of visitors to schools and amend the policy on student transportation services.

Students’ temperature will be taken before they are allowed to board a school bus, he said.

Visitors, for their part, will be required to strictly follow safety guidelines when in school, including wearing a face mask and observing social distancing protocols.

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