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Physical Reopening of School Set for Monday 19th April

After consultation with stakeholders, schools will resume physical operations for the Third Term of the 2020/21 academic year. Students will return to the physical setting, from Monday 19th April, 2021. During this academic year, distributed learning using various modalities at our educational institutions has been the norm.

Of paramount importance is the health and safety of students and staff. Support staff have been charged with the responsibility of preparing the physical plant. Moreover, the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations continues to rely on the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, so as to ensure that classes are conducted in a safe environment.

Educational institutions will operate from Monday to Friday based on the established school hours. Some schools will adopt a Whole School Approach, based on physical infrastructure and school population. Thirty- four (34) schools will operate using the Alternate-Day system. A six-day cycle will be used, thus providing at least three (3) days of face-to-face instruction to students.

Mass crowd gatherings are not permissible at this time. Sporting activities are limited to small group physical engagement and non-contact sporting activities.

Educators are encouraged to engage in prior preparation to ensure a smooth reopening and execution of classes at schools island-wide. The Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations will continue to remain in close contact with stakeholders. Our goal is to have students receive the required instruction and support in their educational journeys.

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