All schools in St Vincent and the Grenadines are set to reopen with face-to-face learning for the new academic year. This is according to Minister of Education Hon. St. Clair Prince who outlined protocols that will be in place.

“Hand hygiene is to be observed and hand washing stations and hand sanitizers are to be placed in appropriate areas.

Daily temperature checks are to be done by teachers at the start of each school day and the data recorded.

The use of masks and face shields is strongly recommended for all persons on all public transportation, strongly recommended, including students.

Moreover, students will also be advised to wear appropriate face coverings while in public spaces during schools hours.”

Minister Prince said that the hygiene and hand washing protocols introduced during the opening of schools in May for students writing external examinations will also be employed.

“The hygiene and hand washing protocols instituted during the reopening of schools in May, for the students who were doing external examinations and those from Grade 5 who returned in June will be strictly adhered to, those protocols worked and we’ll continue to use them.”

Schools have been closed since March 20th 2020, one week before the conclusion of the second term for the academic year 2019/2020, due to the hysteria brought about in the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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