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Students turned away — school not ready yet

By Rachael Espinet Thursday, January 23 2014

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NO SCHOOL AGAIN: Students of San Juan North Secondary arrived for classes yesterday, but were told the school is not yet ready to resume classes....
NO SCHOOL AGAIN: Students of San Juan North Secondary arrived for classes yesterday, but were told the school is not yet ready to resume classes....

The students of San Juan North Secondary School showed up for school yesterday and were sent home again after being home for the majority of the week.

As they arrived for class, the security guards turned them away because the school was not ready to accommodate them.

“It is frustrating and inconvenient for us to waste our time every morning, just to take them (their children) back home,” said a parent who declined to give their name.

The parent said on Monday there was no water, and the school was let out at lunch time. The parent also said stray dogs and pigeons were on the compound which caused the school to be infested with flees and stained with pigeon droppings.

“Yesterday and Tuesday the school was closed and the reasons given were that a combination of fleas infesting the building and no water caused an unhealthy environment in the school,” the parent said.

This parent also said today the school will have a Form Four meeting with the students, and the rest of the other Forms were asked to stay home from school.

However, the parent said they are confused about classes on Friday because the school has not informed them of whether or not the school would be open.

“No one is sure what will happen on Friday. There is no system in place to inform the students via the mass media when there is no school,” the parent said. Last week Tuesday the parent said the school emergency bell rang, and the students were asked to leave. The parent said they were told they received no reasons for that dismissal.

The parent said despite the school having a Facebook page, no one was informed about the events going on in the school.

“Parents of these students were already upset at the beginning of the term because last year the students were home for three weeks.

In September the school remained closed for almost three extra weeks for school repairs. Now the students remain home again,” the parent said.

Yolanda Morales-Carvalho, media relations officer for the Ministry of Education, told Newsday that the school was closed yesterday for it to be sanitised. She further stated that the principal was responsible for informing parents of any news in the school.

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