Friday 30 October, 2020

Parents to have their say as Ministry schedules talks for Wednesday

Minister Santia Bradshaw

Minister Santia Bradshaw

As promised, parents will have their turn to meet with Minister Santia Bradshaw.

This Wednesday, September 16, the Minister responsible for Education, Technological and Vocational Training, will host consultations with parents and guardians. The discussions will be held at the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium and will be focused on protocols related to the return to school.

Owing to the seating capacity of only 1,500 at the gymnasium and the need for strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols, especially social distancing, there will be two scheduled meetings. Both meetings will occur on Wednesday.

Parents and guardians representing schools from the parishes of St. Michael and St. George are invited to attend a meeting scheduled in the evening from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Parents and guardians representing schools in all other parishes are to attend a meeting in the morning, scheduled for 9:30 to 11:30 am.

However, those attending the meeting are to be chosen from the Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs) of the respective schools as the Ministry has invited schools to select 20 parents from their PTA to attend.

Persons attending the meetings are asked to note that the temperatures checks will be done along with the sanitisation of hands before entry into the gymnasium.

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On Saturday September 5, during an address to the nation, Minister Bradshaw had indicated that there was a need for constant dialogue with all stakeholders as her ministry sought to navigate the unique challenges COVID-19 presented.

She stated at that time that she would be engaging the National Parent-Teachers’ Association as well as executive members of the various PTAs to give parents an opportunity to contribute to the discussion surrounding the protocols specific to the reopening of school.

Teachers across the island reported for duty on Monday and students are expected to make their return to the classroom on Monday, September 21.

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