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St Maarten: Eight Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Within Schools

(Daily Herald) PHILIPSBURG–The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) has confirmed a total of eight active coronavirus COVID-19 cases recorded among staff and students in several schools.

This was announced by the ministry in a press release on Sunday, November 8.

According to the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) as per November 3, since schools partially reopened for in-class instruction, there has been one active case of COVID-19 in a school. Due to possible exposure to the infected person, 11 persons were placed in quarantine. This group was comprised of eight students and three staff members.

As per November 6, the Ministry of ECYS has received reports from four school boards informing them of seven cases of COVID-19. Six of these cases involved adults and one case involved a child. CPS is working very closely with the Ministry of ECYS to ensure that children and staff that are currently in school remain healthy and will continue to closely monitor as all students return.

Several unscheduled inspections have been conducted by the Division of Inspection ECYS to assess the level of compliance of schools with their plans for education delivery, which were approved by the Ministry of ECYS.

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