St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – The Minister of Education, Hon. Jonel Powell has announced the end of the shift systems for the Basseterre High School, the Washington Archibald High School and the Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School.
Currently, schools are on Easter break, but shift systems will no longer be in place on the commencement of the third term for the 2021-22 school year on Monday, April 25.
During the height of the COVID-19 spread within the Federation, these three schools were operating on a shift system because of the size of their student and teacher population.
The Washington Archibald High School (WAHS) and the Basseterre High School (BHS) had classes that averaged 30 students, which was deemed a risk factor when considering the spread of the virus. Students at the three schools would have different schedules to reduce the number of in-person interactions.
The shift system was adopted in the Federation more than a year ago.
Although the shift systems will be ending and St. Kitts and Nevis are relaxing its COVID-19 protocols Minister Powell urged the population to continue to abide by the established COVID-19 prevention measures with the appropriate hygiene steps and physical distancing practices.