Hundreds of students returned to school on Monday (May 25) after more than two months at home, due to global pandemic COVID-19.
Schools across St. Vincent and the Grenadines reopened for Form 5 and Grade 6 classes. Technical institutions also reassembled. This is to facilitate lessons for these students who are set to sit regional examinations.
This is part of a phased reopening process, as there is no official word on when classes for other forms/grades will resume. In the meantime, online learning will continue.
According to Minister of Education, Hon. St. Clair “Jimmy” Prince, on Monday, schools had an attendance of 90% for both students and teachers. Selected schools had a 100% turnout.
“I am impressed with the response by all so far,” Prince expressed via Facebook.
“Kudos to BRAGSA for their work in putting things in place for the reopening of the plant. Thanks also to Ministry Officials, Principals, Parents and the General Public for the support,” he said.
BRAGSA and the Ministry of Health, together with the Ministry of Education, conducted a sanitization project, to prepare schools for reopening.
BRAGSA installed water fountains, while the Public Health Department sanitized school premises with mist blowing machines.
The Ministry of Education has informed that the school day will begin at 9:30am and end at 2:30pm.
All students and staff members of all schools are required to wear masks as part of measures put in place for the safe reopening of schools amid COVID-19.