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Call for more information from MOHW to help school administrators make decisions on the holding of face-to-face classes

by February 15th, 2021

The Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, JAPSS, says more information is needed from the Health Ministry to help school administrators make decisions on the holding of face-to-face classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Scores of schools have opened their doors to students using the face-to-face modality in an attempt to reach students, some of whom have been unable to participate in on-line classes and to prepare for upcoming exams.

 

There have been calls by the Jamaica Teachers Association and the National Parent Teachers Association for a return to online classes especially with the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

 

Several schools have had to suspend the face-to-face classes after cases of COVID-19 were detected.

 

The latest incidents relate to York Castle High in St. Ann, which had one case involving a student and Munro College in St. Elizabeth, where there are 23 cases involving 2 teachers and 21 students. Both schools were closed for deep cleaning.

 

President of JAPSS, Linvern Wright says the Health Ministry needs to provide more information so principals are able to determine if the risks are worth holding face-to-face classes.

 

He says a meeting of the Association is to be held on Tuesday.

 

Meanwhile, IRIE FM news asked the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica, NPTAJ, if parents have been contemplating removing students from face-to-face classes.

 

President Mitzie Harris-Dillon says this was not the case, but parents are urged to keep in contact with principals.

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