The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines closed all schools one week earlier than the scheduled break for Easter in response to COVID-19.
However, classes at numerous schools are still being conducted.
In light of this, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union (SVGTU) has stepped in, advising teachers not to go to school at this time.
“In response to the current pandemic of COVID-19, the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has made the decision to close all schools across the country. This is in an effort to inhibit the transmission of the dreaded virus, thus preserving the health of the citizens and visitors present on the island,” the SVGTU said in a release.
“…The executive of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union therefore advises all its member to desist from going to school to administer classes during this period.”
The SVGTU encouraged teachers to exercise caution and comply with health authorities.
“The government’s decision was made to ensure the safety of teachers, students and their immediate families, and should therefore be treated with utmost urgency.”
“…Remember, your health is your wealth! Let us approach this situation with extreme caution, and adhere to the mandates of the health professionals and authorities to guarantee our health, and that of our loved ones. To do so, please ensure that you continue practicing social distancing and good hygiene, stock up on basic necessities – including medication, do one form of exercise a day, and find innovative ways to reach students virtually. Observe the health protocols and keep safe.”