Back to the classroom, but not for everyone
School will begin on Monday but acting chief education officer Joy Adamson said not all students were supposed to return.
Following a tour of schools this morning, Adamson spoke about how schools would be operating this week.
“On Monday not every student is to turn up, only class three and four at primary school. Different schools have different start times so we want every student to be on time,” she said.
Adamson was touring with Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw, permanent secretary Betty Alleyne, deputy chief education officer Glyne Price and director Francisco Miller. She was speaking at St George Primary School, the last stop.
The chief education officer said some schools had off-site classes, such as class four students at St George Primary in the church hall of the parish church. As for the other classes, Adamson said they wold soon be announcing when they would return to school, but in the meantime would be studying online.
Bradshaw said school would end at 2 p.m. daily which should give students enough time to get home before the end of work. She said they had consulted with the Transport Board over the best times to avoid congestion.
The education minister also wanted to make it clear face to face classes were preferable.
“Online works for some but is particularly difficult for others, especially special needs children. If there is a difficulty, parents can alert the principal and there is always the option for home schooling . . . but face to face is the preferred option,” she said. (CA)