Although nearly 90 percent of schools in Puerto Rico have opened since Hurricane Maria, restructuring their curriculum as a result of the storm's damage is the next step.
PIX11’s Lisa Mateo visited the Jose Barreras Elementary School in Morovis, where 55 students have left for the mainland and three teachers were let go.
The secretary of education says that an estimated 1,075 of the island's nearly 1,200 schools have reopened.
Forty have been closed permanently due to structural damage.
Teachers have been granted a hardship waiver, allowing them until January to return to work if needed.