By Mario Conde
There is no school for the rest of April in Calexico as the Calexico Unified School District will continue to inspect and fix damages at the schools by the 7.2 earthquake that hit our region a couple of weeks ago.
School teachers and staff met at Calexico City Council Chambers Monday morning to discuss the state of the schools in Calexico. It was announced in that meeting that schools will continue to get inspected by State and local contractor to review the buildings. School will be closed for the next two weeks until the inspections from contractors and engineers are finished.
As tremors continue, teams made up of District, state, and local experts continue to assess the extent of damage at all District facilities. District Superintendent Dr. Christina Luna said that the District’s number one goal is the safety of our students and staff. Therefore, she stressed that the District must first ensure that those classrooms and the surrounding District property are structurally sound. In the meantime, Calexico Students from Jefferson will be sent to Kiki Camarena Jr. High and half of Camarena students will be split to either William Moreno Jr High School or De Anza jr High.
The last day of school is schedule to be on Tuesday June 8th, when asked when will classes officially end, Calexico teachers union representative Carmen Durazo said that superintended Christina Luna will ask the State for a waiver so they don’t have to extend the calendar year because of the earthquake. Durazo said the State granted a waiver to San Diego school after the wild fires.
Calexico teachers will continue to work on their instructional curriculum as they prepare to return to school in May.
There will be counseling offered for students and families that were affected by the earthquake as counselors were placed in different locations of the City.
Counseling support staff will be available Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-12 noon and from 1:00 p.m.-3:00p.m at following locations: City Hall Chambers, Mario Esquer building, Homestyle Family Buffet, and the Calexico United Methodist Church.