By Ron Howells •
Published: 18 Oct 2021 • 21:54
Schools have reopened in La Palma after a month of volcanic eruptions closed all academic institutions.
The Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands announced today (Monday, October 18) that classes would resume in the educational centers of the Palma municipalities of Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso and Tazacorte.
The three institions consist of a total of 4,606 students and 583 teachers.
Counselor, Manuela Armas, explained that in the face of possible circumstances derived from volcanic activity that could interrupt the teaching activity. She explained that students from damaged or closed educational centres have been allocared new places in the remaning centres. Tutors from the origianl classes have accompanied the students to their new locations.
The students of the Los Campitos and Todoque Infant and Primary Education Centers ( CEIP ), devastated by lava, and the María Milagros Acosta CEIP (Puerto Naos), have been temporarily moved to the former Princesa Special Education Center (CEE) Acerina, located in Los Llanos de Aridane, the property was allocated by the Island Council.
Due to itsproximity to the volcanic lava flow, the La Laguna Infant and Primary Education Center ( CEIP ), which has nine units and 160 students , remains a concern . Consequently, its students and teachers have been distributed by educational stages between the Official School of Languages (EOI) of Los Llanos de Aridane and the facilities of the Association of Neighbors “Retamar”, which has been temporarily ceded by the city council for such use.
Students will not have to pay for food or transport while the crisis continues, said a spokesman for the educational authorities.
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