All public schools will resume classroom instruction starting Monday, February 14th, Minister Dale Jenkins of the Ministry of Education announced yesterday.
Face-to-face classroom instruction resumes after 4 weeks of a school lockdown, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help to “flatten the curve”. Online learning has continued in place of face-to-face instruction for the past 4 weeks.
Citing high levels of vaccinated school-age kids, the ministry said that they believe it is safe for the students to return to school.
Addressing fears that the kids may bring home the virus to vulnerable elderly household members, MOE urges people with children in school to get their elderly household members vaccinated or get booster shots to protect them from potential virus transmission.
MOE had discussed resuming the face-to-face instruction this week, but concerns expressed by parents resulted in school closures being extended one more week.
Returning next week, students will be required to wear masks on school campuses, as well as have separate breakfast and lunchtimes to “minimize the number of students in one place”.
All schools have handwashing stations and hand disinfectants in the classrooms. Buses will be “thoroughly cleaned and disinfected”, stated the announcement.
Now MOE says that they are prepared to have the students return to classrooms, assuring that schools will be the safest place for children during the COVID outbreak. (By: L.N. Reklai)