Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

July 15, 1942

The Bureau of Private Schools sent us notice that we had been authorized to re-open elementary classes. At the end of a month and a half of inspection, questions, scrutiny of textbooks, and after we had lost all hope of securing authorization since the building was partly occupied by the Army, we received notice that we could start classes.

We did not, however, have any illusions about the number of students who would enroll in these times of uncertainty and scarcity. A month and a half ago, the public schools were opened. Now, merely fifteen days from the issuance of the permit, the private schools are being required to accept enrolees. It is not easy. Very few families can afford the tuition and transportation expenses.