Marianas High School students were dismissed early last Friday around 9:30am due to a water issue that prevented them access to the restrooms for several hours.
MHS principal Sherlyn Cabrera said, “We have a water situation that we weren’t able to fix. …We’ve been trying to fix it since yesterday and all this morning, but there’s a time limit that if students were to not have any access to water for two hours, the school is forced to let them go home.”
The school’s own lifespan was the underlying cause.
“Our school is very old, built in 1967, so there are some infrastructure problems in our water pipes, electricity, pump, and water tank, making it several different factors. We’re aware it can be problematic and we have been dealing with it for some time now. This is actually the first time since I’ve been here that we had to release the students,” Cabrera said.
Catherine Biscocho, a senior in MHS, said, “I’m kind of disappointed in the water interruption today. It is the right call though since things might get really bad if there were to be an emergency here in the school.”
“CUC has been working with us and I was keeping in touch with our commissioner the whole time. When it reached a certain number of hours and the problem was still not resolved, she made the decision to release the students,” Cabrera said. “The problem should be resolved by today, and classes can continue as usual on Monday.”