Health Ministry and Education meet on schools re-opening

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Health Ministry and Education meet on schools re-opening

The Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh, the Minister of Education, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, and senior representatives from both Ministries to further discussions the reopening of schools in the face of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting took place today Thursday 21st January, 2021, and the centre of the discussion was the proposal submitted by the Ministry of Education to guide the re-opening of schools.

Both Ministries highlighted key elements of the proposal which required additional attention.

It was later decided that a smaller working group of senior technical officers from both Ministries would continue to collaborate on the details of the plan for the re-opening of schools.

Dr Avery Hinds, Technical Director, Epidemiology Division at the Ministry of Health, provided an update on COVID-19 status for Trinidad and Tobago, which helped to provide a context for the meeting.

At the

Meeting Attendees

–       Minister of Health, the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh

–       Minister of Education, Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly

–       Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mr. Asif Ali

–       Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Lenor Baptiste-Simmons

–       Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Roshan Parasram

–       Chief Education Officer (Acting), Mrs. Lisa Henry-David

–       Technical Director Epidemiology Division, Ministry of Health, Dr. Avery Hinds

–       Senior Representatives from Divisions within the Ministry of Education:

o   Curriculum Planning and Development

o   Early Childhood Care and Education

o   School Supervision

o   Student Support Services