Class opening in public schools is expected to go as scheduled next week following disclosure yesterday that everything is set for the start of the new school year, including the necessary inspections from government agencies.
Education Commissioner Rita A. Sablan, Ed.D., told the Board of Education yesterday that the Bureau of Environmental Health has completed its health and sanitation tests on all 19 campuses, while the Department of Public Works has also finished its inspection of school facilities.
Public schools undergo these inspections each year to determine their readiness for the school year opening. Failure to comply with standards and requirements result in the delay in the start of classes, which has happened in the past.
“All our public schools have passed both the BEH sanitation test and the DPW inspection relative to facilities except that some schools have been asked to recharge their fire extinguishers and cover some electrical outlets,” Sablan said.
Classes in public schools are set to start on Sept. 3.
Sablan said that schoolyards and lawns will also be ready within this week.
Orientations for parents and students have also been conducted in many schools, including at Kagman Elementary School and Chacha Oceanview Junior High, the two schools that will be reconfigured this year. Starting next week, KagES will be home to kindergarten to 5th grade students while Chacha Oceanview will be home to 6th to 8th graders. Chacha will also be renamed Chacha Oceanview Middle School, as part of Phase 1 of the Middle School Concept project.
Sablan also reported on the recent completion over the summer of various institutes and workshops, including the weeklong leadership institute for school administrators and program managers. She said 25 individuals within the system also signed up for the leadership course. This is offered to employees who want to become school principals.
Meantime, Marianas High School’s performing arts class received a baby grand piano that students can use beginning this new school year. The equipment was a donation from DFS Galleria, according to Sablan.