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Full-week, face-to-face classes starts April 19

Dr Natalio Wheatley

The Education Minister has announced that as of Monday, April 19, most schools will begin having face-to-face classes five days a week, similar to what was obtained before COVID-19 started impacting the BVI.

Dr Natalio Wheatley made the announcement in the House of the Assembly on Thursday, April 15.

According to the Minister, the Elmore Stoutt High School, Bregado Flax Educational Centre and the Enid Scatliffe Pre-Primary School will continue to utilise the hybrid-shift system and gradually increase the number of students daily.

“Due to the number of students enrolled at the Elmore Stoutt High School, selected groups from Grade 7 through 9 are attending classes on campus while the majority of students in those grades remain in online classes. However, with the possibility of having a three-feet distance setup (in classrooms), gradually more sessions on campus will be introduced,” the minister explained.

For senior high schoolers at Elmore Stoutt, the Dr Wheatley said plans are being made to implement a shift system so all students may be able to attend classes five days weekly.

“While the major setback for all three schools are centred on the shortage of resources to accommodate the student population, the ongoing reconstruction at Bregado Flax Educational Centre Secondary Division, is an additional constraint with the rebuilding works on Buildings II and III.” Minister Wheatley pointed out.

He said due to the construction at this school, the number of students on campus has been limited to technical students, marginalised groups, and special education students.

However, all students and teachers are expected back on campus at the end of May when construction works are scheduled to be completed

As for the Ivan Dawson Primary School, the Minister said repairs are completed at that campus and clean-up efforts are scheduled to take place once resources become available.

All sanitisation and hygiene protocols will continue at educational facilities.

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  1. Congratulations says:

    This should be the only reason each and every one of the useless “leaders” should go. Somehow you’ve succeeded in both keeping the BVI free of covid AND implemented rules and regulations as if Covid was running rampant through the community.

    I admit I am quite in awe that you’ve been successful in achieving so much with so little.

    1. Kids living as if Covid is killing 1 in 10 islanders
    2. Marine industry destroyed with protocols to keep everyone 100% safe all the time
    3. Turned what is left of the economy into a narco state.
    4. raised prices on government services as if the economy is booming.
    5. 8 murders

    That’s just the ones I can think of off the top of my head yet you congratulate yourselves on a huge success. You should all be ashamed. You should be quite pleased though that one day your management of this pandemic will be used as a case study at business schools.

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  2. Mad Max says:

    Imagine, after a year of being shut and millions spent by this government on consultants and luxuries, it is Irma and not Covid which is stopping them from re-opening schools. That was 3.5 years ago!


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  3. A mess says:

    He doesn’t have a clue. What a major disappointment. Before he was in government he criticized everything. Now he was given a chance he is biggest waste of time I’ve ever seen. Talking doesn’t get thinks done. You have to actually work. The whole handling of the education system since Hon. Wheatley took over has been a fiasco at best.

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  4. No nonsense says:

    Around a picnic table! Lmao!!

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  5. Lol says:

    These ppl are very foolish
    When the island had no coronavirus the use to limit school
    Now the get 20 cases and the open school full
    Bvi nice bad

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  6. Just Asking. says:

    Wouldn’t it be better to leave things as is and thoroughly plan for September opening?

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  8. Air conditioning units says:

    Take out the AC units out of class rooms and let fresh air come in. The closed up spaces is what would promote the spread. Use common sense. Healtha and safety over comfort.

  9. Youth says:

    There is no pleasing of some of these unreasonable people.

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