In anticipation of the physical reopening of schools on February 8, guidelines created by both the ministries of Health and Education will be made available by next week.
The Minister of Health and the Education minister met on Thursday to discuss the reopening and Education Minister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said “Based on the present numbers, there is no indication that the plan to reopen on February 8 cannot proceed, new variant notwithstanding.”
Gadsby-Dolly indicated that there was the possibility that a blended, shift approach would be used for secondary school students.
She revealed that “at our meetings with stakeholders, it was suggested that the emphasis on physical classes be for labs and school-based assessments, while students could continue most of the conceptual work online. Of course, this would vary by school. Therefore, for secondary school, the presence of students in the compound could be more easily staggered.”
“For primary schools, however, the situation is different, and so the Ministry of Education will work with the Ministry of Health to ensure that the protocols are very clearly outlined and understood as we work to avoid premature school closure,” she said.