A message from Andres Pagán OD, MPH, the Dean of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry:
“In an article published last September 21st titled “Interamerican University of Puerto Rico Severely Damaged by Hurricane” some information was published which we would like to clarify and update. Even though the School received some damages, mostly from flooding, these are now being fixed. The flood caused by the hurricane has been taken care of and the roof is currently being repaired to prevent further flooding. The campus at this moment has enough drinkable water to supply all basic needs and we expect that the power will be reestablished in the following days. As an alternate resource we have acquired a generator to supply power to Bayamon campus and the School. Our academic calendar is being modified to add classes on holidays and weekends as needed. The classes will resume on November and the semester will end by January. The specific restart date will be notified in advance to all students.
On the other hand, the classes have already resumed in some of the eleven campuses at the Interamerican University system, and we expect that most of them will be operating as regular in both academic and administrative departments by October 16. On a final note, the curfew was already reduced from midnight to 5am and we expect it to be completely eliminated soon.”
The AOSA is glad to hear our friends on the island are moving forward from this natural disaster and continuing to educate future optometrists!