By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Teachers and students of primary and secondary schools across St. Kitts and Nevis have returned to the classroom for face-to-face instruction after a two-week delay due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.
Minister of Education the Hon. Jonel Powell in an address on Saturday, January 22, said:
“Over the past two weeks, the Ministry of Education continually monitored the COVID-19 situation in the country. Following consultations with stakeholder groups, I am pleased to announce that on the advice of the Ministry of Health, all public and private primary and secondary schools and the Advanced Educational Centre (AVEC) will resume face-to-face instruction for all students on Monday, January 24, 2022.”
Minister Powell said that the Basseterre High School, the Washington Archibald High School, and the Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School will report to school at their designated shift times. The principals of these three institutions will make relevant information related to the return available through their Facebook pages and WhatsApp community groups.
The Ministry of Education implemented the following guidelines for schools to operate safely in the Federation.
“All students must report to school on Monday, January 24, 2022, in full uniform and ready for classes. All students must wear a mask throughout the school day. Students must remain on campus during lunch hour and therefore must pack a lunch or partake in the school meals provided or purchase from the school’s cafeteria or canteen. All arrival and departure protocols must be adhered to at all of our institutions. Parents or guardians must make an appointment with the principal or teacher prior to visiting their child or ward’s academic institution. Students experiencing flu-like symptoms must remain at home and seek guidance from a medical practitioner. Parents should notify the principal or teacher about his or her child’s illness.”
In ending his address, the Education Minister used the opportunity to encourage parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated at the nearest health center.