Update: Six schools to remain closed as others reopen tomorrow
Most schools are set to reopen on Wednesday (tomorrow) following the decision to close them ahead of adverse weather conditions associated with the movement of Tropical Storm Bret.
Six schools have been affected and will remain closed tomorrow as cleanup and sanitisation efforts continue in collaboration with the respective Regional Corporations and other stakeholders.
The Todd's Road R.C Primary School in the Caroni Education District will not reopen on Wednesday, June 21, due to severe flooding on the compound and inside of the building.
Reports indicate that Ministry officials cannot access the building at this time to assess the damage and cannot attempt any cleanup efforts until the flood water recedes.
The Debe Hindu SDMS Primary School experienced flooding on the ground floor of the compound and the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation assisted with restorative works.
The roof of the Mayo R.C. Primary School was partically damaged. The Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation was on hand to assist, and the Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) has offered to assist with material for roof repairs.
The Siparia Regional Corporation was contacted to assist with the restorative works at the Fyzabad Anglican Secondary School which was flooded, as well as the Fyzabad Secondary School which has no electricity on half of the compound as a result of a fallen tree. T&TEC is currently working to restore the electricity service.
The Rousillac Hindu Primary School will remain closed with a partially damaged roof. Galvanise lifted off and the ceiling was soaked.
In the Caroni Education District, Durham Village Hindu Primary was flooded and received assistance from the Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) with the clean-up and sanitisation efforts.
The Valencia South Government Primary School, Manzanilla/Nariva Government Primary School and the Matura Government Primary School are presently being used as shelters to house displaced families in the community and will also remain closed on Wednesday.
The Education Ministry is assuring parents and teachers that all efforts are being made to have the schools reopened on Thursday and urged all parties to continue to monitor the news for updates and further information.