Un estudiante regresa a la escuela Alejandro Tapia y Rivera en la comunidad de Villa Palmeras. (Ramón “Tonito” Zayas)

Some 172 more schools in Puerto Rico reopen their gates after Fiona

San Juan, (EFE) – About 172 schools in Puerto Rico they reopen their gates this Tuesday, thus joining the other 233 that did the same last week, as a process of improvement after the passage of Hurricane Fiona, reported the Department of Education.

As detailed in a press release by the Secretary of Education, Eliezer Ramos, these 172 new schools already have electricity, water and access services, which brings the number of open schools to 405.

Ramos explained that the reopening of schools is to receive students with talks and workshops “that help them express their emotions and feelings and provide them with tools for correct and adequate management.”

“Empathy and respect have permeated our institutions,” said Ramos.

And despite the fact that many students still do not have water and/or electricity in their residences, at school “they manage to distract themselves, eat hot and healthy, and even recharge their electronic equipment,” he added.

“It fills us with joy to have them back and we are hopeful that soon all of our enrollment will be able to take classes as usual,” said Ramos.

The head of Education also said that the agency continues to evaluate schools to add to the list of eligible schools with water and electricity services.

Ramos also reported that the School Social Work Program, attached to the Integrated Support area of ​​the Undersecretary for Academic and Programmatic Affairs, will carry out a census in schools to identify the needs of students and their families after Fiona.

To this end, some 1,250 school social workers have been activated, together with 502 professional counselors, 775 school psychologists and 888 nurses.

On the other hand, some 104 schools participating in the Extended Academic Reinforcement Project (RAE) began their services on Monday.

The purpose of this extended hours service is to address the academic lag and provide help not only in basic subjects, but also in the recreational area with the RAE Recreational Project that is offered on Fridays or Saturdays, as determined by the participating school.

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