School Systems Prepare for Puerto Rican Students

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

School Systems Prepare for Puerto Rican Students

School districts from Florida to Massachusetts are anticipating an influx of Puerto Rican students displaced by Hurricane Maria and have begun preparations to identify which schools have space and which resources will be needed.

Puerto Rican schools have been closed since the Category 4 hurricane made landfall on Sept. 20, battering the island and knocking out the electrical grid and communication systems. Officials there said schools could open on Oct. 16.

“We are living through a unique, difficult and unprecedented situation that none of us has experienced before,” Julia Keleher, Puerto Rico’s education secretary, told staff members in a letter Friday. . .

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