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Hopwood students to return to Chalan Piao

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STUDENTS, faculty and other staff members will start the new school year at  the original campus of Hopwood Middle School in Chalan Piao, Education Commissioner Alfred Ada announced during the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

Ada said the transfer of Hopwood from its temporary campus in Koblerville to Chalan Piao is now in “full operation.”

He said, “Everything is now in place in terms of the in-person classroom setup, internet connection and the installation of water and power supplies.”

Hopwood was among the schools that were devastated by Super Typhoon Yutu in October 2018.

Its students, teachers and staff had to relocate to military-style tents on a temporary campus near Koblerville Elementary School.

Installed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the tents became the temporary classrooms of over 900 Hopwood students and offices of teachers and staffers.

In an interview, Ada said 25 classrooms were rebuilt on the Chalan Piao campus in a span of 10 months.

He said 726 students will begin their school year in Chalan Piao, but added that many of these students were provided with laptops and will attend classes online.

“The principal managed to move forward with the distribution of the needed devices,” Ada said.

BOE Chairwoman Janice Tenorio asked the commissioner to make sure that teachers and school leaders disseminate proper instructions in using the devices.

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