Rosa Fanuaea's three children, who each have serious medical needs, attend Barbers Point Elementary School, where Rosa says the staff takes extra care to ensure her children are properly cared for while in school.
"It’s fitting because the school motto this year is, 'It Takes A Village.' And being from where I’m from — we’re from American Samoa — in our culture, it literally does take a village to raise a child," Fanuaea said. "Being in this school, and the way the staff is, it just feels like home."
To ensure student safety, Barbers Point Elementary Principal Jaclyn Riel said the school prepares individual student emergency action plans when needed.
"Anytime a parent entrusts the school to take care of their child, it’s important that we make sure that we have a plan in place and that everyone is well aware and equipped and knowledgeable in how to handle that situation," Riel said. "We love our students — I do and I know our staff does — like our own children."