Saint Lucia: COVID-19 time is very challenging for all of us. But, we can’t hold the future of students for long! Hence, Prime Minister of St.Lucia, Allen Chastanet, decided to Reopen Schools in the nation. But people were opposing this idea. Now, PM Chastanet provides apt reasons to reopen schools.
PM Chastanet stated that the decision to reopen schools, similar to various other settlements being made in these COVID-19 circumstances, has not been without its difficulties. Many of our students have been critically disadvantaged. In contrast, progenitors and teachers have had to make atonement, facing further burdens with adjusting work and their children’s education during this deadly coronavirus pandemic.
After various consultations with Education & Health Ministers, the decision to open school today was concluded with the following strict obligations to help guard students, teachers, and the general public.
Rules and Regulation:
1) The opening is being jointly conducted by Saint Lucia’s Education Sector Continuity Plan, the OECS Continuity of Learning Plan, and guidance by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is trustworthy.
2) All small school groups will perform using the “whole-school approach. However, thirty-four schools will be under the alternative day approach because of the figures they have. They have attempted to guarantee that these alternative day students get at least three days of face-to-face intercommunication complemented via online instruction.
3) All Kindergarten, Grade Six, and Form Five students replace for as many face-to-face days as per the cycle.
4) In classrooms, students will be seated three feet apart. They have to wear face masks and or face shields. ‘There will be mask-breaks as determined by teachers.’
5) Hand sanitizers be placed at critical locations everywhere the schools to gain maximum use from them.
6) Surfaces—the buildings, railing, floors, desks, and classrooms—be cleaned and sanitized regularly. So there will be a full-scale cleansing exercise at the end of every day, with occasional sanitizing during the day.
7) Sporting activities at schools are restricted to small-group physical actions and non-contact sporting activities.
8) Mass crowd attendances at schools are not allowed
9) Students and staff on school assumptions must adhere to the authorized protocols, including temperature checks, sanitizing of hands, physical distancing, and the wearing of masks.