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Saipan Community School resumes classes

SAIPAN Community School, which was damaged by Typhoon Yutu on Oct. 24-25, resumed classes on Monday.

SCS principal Amanda Dunn said the school’s priority is to get its 130 students back to their regular schedule.

“Some of them are planning to go to high school in some other places, like the U.S. mainland or Korea, for high school. We need to make sure that they are on schedule.”

Kindergarten students attend teacher Dani Nowicki’s physical education class on Monday morning.Kindergarten students attend teacher Dani Nowicki’s physical education class on Monday morning.

She said the school has completely lost its generator room, the curriculum supply room, the P.E. storage room and two bathrooms. “We just put them on last August but the concrete could not hold it,” Dunn said.

 Some classrooms were flooded but none was damaged, she added.

Dunn said teachers are also helping students cope with the recent catastrophe.

Through her contacts with health professionals, SCS physical therapist Shelly Timmons was able to reach out to a psychologist who suggested an activity for students that will help them “process the emotional spectrum.”

One of the school’s damaged buildings.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. LirioOne of the school’s damaged buildings. Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Dunn said all teachers are assisting in art activities that allow students to draw the four phases of their life experiences: “One before Typhoon Yutu, during Yutu, after Yutu and what is going to be like after recovery.”

She added, “This can help equip them emotionally before we start pounding them with the curriculum load. If you are not ready and worried about what is happening at home, you can’t concentrate. It is going to bother you.”

She said the school “will not require a lot of homework like we did before. We understand that we only have a couple of hours of daylight after classes. We don’t want them to be sitting at home doing their homework by candlelight.”