4 schools resume full-day classes; 4 still at half-day


With the Admiral Herbert G. Hopwood Middle School moving yesterday to a new temporary campus across Koblerville Elementary School, a total of four Public School System campuses have now reverted to regular full-day sessions.

That leaves the William S. Reyes Elementary School in San Antonio, Oleai Elementary School, San Vicente Elementary School, and Francisco M. Sablan Middle School in San Antonio as the only four schools that are still on half-day schedules.

Education Commissioner Glenn Muña said yesterday that the four schools that have reverted to full-day sessions since last week are Saipan Southern High School, Dandan Middle School, Hopwood Middle School, and Marianas High School.

Up until the second week of February, Saipan Southern High School shared its campus with the Northern Marianas College, which would be resuming morning classes at the As Terlaje campus today, while Hopwood shared the Marianas High School campus in Susupe with MHS students.

He said that PSS is working around the clock and taking advantage of the presence of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Saipan to re-open full class schedules across the CNMI, adding that PSS is eying to revert FMS to its full-day schedule in a few weeks.

“WSR is going to take a bit longer because they lost one entire building, but for those that sustained minor damage, we were able to repair [them],” said Muña.

SSHS, DMS, WSR, and OES have been operating on half-day sessions since Dec. 3, 2018, over a month after Super Typhoon Yutu hit the CNMI, devastating most of southern Saipan and most of Tinian.

Hopwood, MHS, SVES, and FMS were all on half-day sessions a week after on Dec. 10, 2018.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.
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