Dear Washburn Community,
Thank God that hurricane Irma’s eye missed Puerto Rico and that our community is safe. Our hearts go out to Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Martin, and all of our neighbors that endured catastrophic destruction and loss of life. We invite our community to educate our children through empathy, love, and awareness about our neighbors and to practice gratefulness considering that the hurricane missed our region. We hope that hurricane Jose steers north so they can recover.
Over the last few days we prepared our school for the worst possible outcome (moved furniture, removed vulnerable school technology, placed wooden boards on windows, etc.). Fortunately, our school did not receive any major damage because of hurricane Irma.
We did lose electricity until 12:30 pm today. Due to the weather conditions and lack of electricity we have NOT been able to reach non-teaching personnel and we do know that part of our teaching personnel lives in the mountain region of central Puerto Rico that may have dangerous road conditions. We have accessed the situation with parents and personnel and many still do not have basic services (water and electricity) or are not able to drive safely to school. To ensure the safety of our community and that we can prepare our school to have students again after preparing for possible damage, we have decided to RENEW CLASSES ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017.
We will be contacting select personnel directly that are able to reach Washburn School safely and that have a lot of classroom rearrangements to make in order to work half a day tomorrow. We will be preparing the school for the re-establishment of classes on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 over the weekend.
WASHBURN ENGLISH INSTITUTE: The Saturday Adult and Kids English classes will run normally on Saturday 8 am to 12 pm if no major electrical problems arise. Stay tuned!
Thank you and stay safe !
- Washburn's Administration