Blackman and Gollop being turned over to MOE
The Blackman and Gollop Primary School, which was used as an isolation facility in Barbados’ fight to contain the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, is being turned back over to the Ministry of Education.
This was among the announcements made by Minister of Education, Santia Bradshaw, this afternoon as she addressed issues in education during a media conference at the Elsie Payne Complex, Constitution Road, St Michael.
The Blackman and Gollop school, which is located at Staple Grove, Christ Church, was used by the Ministry of Health and Wellness after schools closed on March 18. It was first a step-down facility for people who had tested positive and were recovering from COVID-19 before Harrison’s Point in St Lucy was completed.
Bradshaw said the removal of equipment had begun ahead of the sanitising of the facility “over the course of the next couple days” to make way for the return of students.
She thanked the staff, parents and students of the school.
“I know it could not have been an easy journey knowing that your school was being used in this way by public health, but I am comfortable and satisfied that we did the right thing at the time. It was a facility that was perhaps one of the better facilities that was available at the time to the Ministry of Health and Wellness in terms of its location, in terms of being equipped to be able to deal with things like that in a public health emergency and there will be a smooth transition in terms of the hand back over to the Ministry of Education so that we can resume normal operations as it relates to education,” Bradshaw said.
Barbados has recorded 86 COVID-19 cases with 67 recoveries and seven deaths. The number of people in isolation has fallen to 12. (SAT)
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