Students expected to be back in school late September
School is reportedly set to reopen on September 21, 2020 for primary and secondary school students.
This information was provided in a circular dated August 5, 2020 signed by the Acting Chief Education Officer, Joy Adamson. It has since been confirmed by more than 20 teachers at some St Michael located primary schools. Despite many teachers being unsure whether the circular now being shared via social media is accurate, teachers speaking to Loop confirmed that it was distributed to them by their principals.
The date provided on the Ministry memo is the expected start date for first form students, however, for students who will now be entering sixth form, the start date will depend on the return of the CSEC and CAPE results.
Teachers are to use the week of September 14-18 as time for planning and Principals are encouraged to formulate timetables as usual.
According to circular, the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training will continue to engage with teacher unions, parents, the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Ministry of Labour and Social Partnership Relation, on how classes will be conducted in regards to physical distancing and other health protocols.
Regular updates are to be given to all relevant parties as time progresses.
Physical classrooms across Barbados closed on March 18 after the first two COVID-19 cases were announced on March 17. School recommenced virtually via the Google Suite platform after the Easter break. Online teaching for Term 3 officially ended on July 24.