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PSS chief: Full-day session implementation moved to March 2020

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COMMISSIONER of Education Dr. Alfred Ada on Monday said the implementation of a full-day schedule for four schools has been moved to March 2020.

He said the Public School System will not be able to implement a full-day schedule for San Vicente Elementary School, Koblerville Elementary School, Oleai Elementary School, and Francisco M. Sablan Middle School in January.

Ada said he met with the school principals on Dec. 19, and they requested to be given “more time until the instructional materials and classroom furniture arrive.”

He added, “Most or all resources were damaged by Typhoon Yutu and they needed to be replaced. Getting them on island takes time. Many of these necessary items are critical to have a conducive learning environment.”

He said, “We now anticipate [a] March 2020 timeline for the full-day schedule.”

Kagman Elementary School and Chacha Oceanview Middle School are also conducting half-day classes.

Ada earlier said KagES students could not return to their campus yet because the junction box, transformer, and power panel of the school had to be repaired.

While these electrical issues were being fixed, Ada said the contractor discovered more problems that should also be addressed to ensure the students’ safety.

Since the opening of the new school year in September, KagES has been conducting classes at Chacha Oceanview Middle School. KagES students attend classes in the morning while Chacha students attend classes in the afternoon.

William S. Reyes Elementary School also holds double-session classes because 10 of its classrooms are not yet fully repaired.

School principal Lynn Mendiola noted that WSR is one of the two public schools on Saipan that sustained major damage when Super Typhoon Yutu hit the island last year. The other is Hopwood Middle School.

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