All schools in the British Virgin Islands will remain closed to students during the first phase of government’s internal reopening of the territory which runs until June 2.
Premier Andrew Fahie made the announcement during a COVID-19 national address recently.
He said: “During this initial internal opening, I wish to say here that Cabinet also decided that schools would remain closed to students. But teachers, in a limited capacity, can access schools and engage in online instruction.”
Governor Augustus Jaspert, in the meantime, said Cabinet would review the position on schools weekly to make future decisions.
Last month, Cabinet had initially agreed that all private and public schools, pre-schools, daycare centres and extra-curricular activities were mandated to close with effect from Thursday, March 19 for a period of 14 days, in the first instance.
Since that announcement, Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley had stated that both public and private educators in the territory were scheduled to be trained in alternative learning platforms to better equip them for remote teaching during the pandemic.
Subsequently, the Ministry of Education had said they would conduct a territory-wide survey evaluation to gather information for the continuity of their education plan.
According to the Ministry, the evaluation will help them to determine how well students will be able to access online classroom platforms while schools remain closed.
These online platforms include Cisco Webex, CXC Notemaster, Flow Study, Google Classroom and Class Dojo.
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