Today life for the over one thousand students of La Inmaculada RC School here in Orange Walk Town finally returned to normal after the all clear was issued by the Department of the Environment following major improvements in the New River here in Orange Walk Town. For more than a month classes at the school were held from eight a.m. to one-thirty p.m. after students and teachers of the school began to fall ill due to the polluted state of the New River and the pungent smell which emanated from the waters near the school.
Today as classes returned to their normal schedule, Principal Lenny Umana says the school is now reviewing its contingency plan to ensure better preparation in case of any emergency in the future.
Lenny Umana- Principal- LIRCS
“Today is our first day after about a month ago out of classes and another month of not knowing what will happen to us. Today is our first day back at school with our normal school hours and I know that the children are adopting to a new schedule, I must say that a number of them are disappointed including parent they were getting very use to that early start but so far I think our first day has gone very well and I am hoping that by the end of the week comes, I think we will all be back on a regular school schedule. We are going try to ensure that whatever glitches we are missing out at this time we start patching them up and getting the school back to full force. I must agree that the school try to maintain all the necessary information when it comes to the curriculum going without losing data so I think we are on track when it comes to that but we just need to work a little bit on the boosting of the moral and enthusiasm , it has taken a toll on many of us but I think that after this week are adjusting, it’s a readjustment that has to take place and we should be good to go.”
In terms of the school’s overall attendance, improvements are also being recorded as the days go by. We have a little brainstorming as to the things that could have gone right and the things that didn’t go so right and I think we closed with a very amicable way to say and I think we got the idea from them to, its ok to return back to school and start our normal days as it was in the past and I also felt that it open doors to communication and they invited us for whatever little things they could assist the school be it in health and or be in the environment they are willing to make that connection with us and so I think something positive came out of it at the end of the day and we had our ups and downs together but I think they were working the process like us at a first experience separation, I think we will be better equip if something like this will ever happen again hoping it’s never done and nobody can promise if that will ever repeat itself or not lets see what happens next year. We have a number of children that are out due to the dengue and we also have children who are out due to asthma but I think its because of the weather change , the rains have started to be more evident so our absenteeism has not really drop anymore but we do have a number of children out but this time for different particular reason and I don’t think it has to do with any effect of the river so far but its just the natural process that takes place around this time of the year.”