In normal times, Room B5 of Jose Emilio Lugo High School in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico is home to Señora Hernandez' 12th grade Spanish class.
But in the weeks after Hurricane Maria, it has been a refuge for Moises and Catherine Rivera, a young couple with two children and a third on the way. The high school is known locally as El Refugio, the refuge, and it is a temporary home for more than 70 people who since the storm have no other place to live.
The classroom desks have been pushed to one side and cots are grouped in a far corner of the room. Like much of the rest of Puerto, the school has no electricity or running water. It is a very dark and foreboding place when the sun goes down.
Moises, 19, says he's found an apartment in nearby Ponce. He could move them if he could come up with the $30 he needs to pay for utilities — which ironically wouldn't work at the moment, as nearly everyone is without power and running water.
We're just waiting," he says as he sits in the corridor outside the classroom where he and his family have lived since the day before Maria. "We're just going crazy.
A few doors down, Isabel Vecens Torres, 63, sits in her room passing the time by doing word searches from her granddaughter's activity book. She left her home so quickly after Puerto Rico's governor urged people to evacuate at once that she only brought the clothes she was wearing. She eventually brought one of the few items salvageable from her destroyed home: a bedspread that now covers her cot.
"I wasn't prepared at all," she says.
This isn't Isabel's first experience with disaster. Hurricane Georges in 1998 destroyed her home. She bought a new house, and just six months ago had finished renovations. Then Maria hit.
This is the second time this has happened to me," she says. "This has made me really depressed.
The high school serves as a refuge of last resort for people in the area around Adjuntas, a mountain community in central Puerto Rico, who have lost their homes in Hurricane Maria and have no place else to go. It's not a bad place. Meals are provided three times a day, and there are planned group activities, like art projects. Adults play dominoes in the shade, and raucous teenagers play spontaneous games of baseball with a tennis ball and a wooden 2 by 4 for a bat.
But it's clearly a way station whose residents can't wait to leave.
It tends to skew very young and very old, the most vulnerable members in the community, who for whatever reason can't stay with family. And there are issues beside homelessness to deal with. Many report they are experiencing anxiety and depression, both caused by recent events as well as pre-existing conditions.
For many of them, time is running out as the school will soon be needed for its original purpose once classes are scheduled to resume. And the next step simply isn't clear.