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Ministry again preaches safety first as school resumes

Education, Technology and Skills Training Minister Kay McConney assures the public that the safe return of students and staff is of the utmost importance.

Speaking on back-to-school on Saturday, the education minister said the government was looking to “create the right kind of environment for learning and instruction”.

Minister McConney declared a full return to school on Monday, September 19, with several changes.

Schools will return to pre-pandemic hours, after-school activities will resume, three-foot social distancing has been halted and the mask-wearing mandate remains intact but with outdoor exceptions, and hand sanitizing is mandatory at school. entrance to the school factory.

Responding to concerns about a possible spike following the resumption of face-to-face classes, the Minister of Education appeased the public, stressing that the ministry was in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

“Our primary interest is to make sure that we create the right kind of environment for learning and teaching and in the event that we believe this is significantly threatened and the ability of our students to be able to learn in a safe environment is, in fact, something that is compromised, we will make the necessary decisions,” she said.

“If there is a spike, our first option is to make sure we consult with our partner [the Ministry of Health and Wellness] and to take advice and take the initiative from them, and then make sure that we talk to some of our other educational partners … and then we make a decision based on the facts at the time,” McConney added.

During the press conference, the director of education, Dr. Ramona Archer-Bradshaw, indicated that staff and students who show symptoms of COVID-19 on school premises should seek immediate medical attention. and be tested.

Dr Archer-Bradshaw reminded parents and guardians that the pandemic was ‘not over’. She urged parents not to send their sick children to school.

“We need to make sure our children and staff members are safe, so if your children are showing symptoms at home – symptoms of COVID-19 – please keep them home. Allow them to obtain necessary medical care. Take them to be tested.