The Ministry of Education has announced that only Forms 4 - 6 students will return to schools for Term III of Academic Year 2020/2021 on Monday 12th April 2021. All other students, including those in Standard 5, are to remain at home.
According to the Ministry, schools will operate utilizing the hybrid format from Term II of Academic Year 2020/2021; i.e. students of Forms 4 - 6 will access physical classes for practical subject components ONLY and all other secondary, primary and ECCE students will continue with the online or package systems. All educational material provided by the Ministry of Education via television, radio, print media and online will continue to be available for student and parent access.
Further details of school operations are re-iterated below by the Ministry:
Secondary Schools will physically re-open on 12th April 2021, for Forms 4 - 6 students ONLY utilizing a hybrid system. The hybrid system entails:
Primary and ECCE Schools
At the primary and ECCE levels, students will not return to their physical classrooms at the start of Term III on 12th April 2021. All classes should be held virtually and students who require packages shall utilize their usual method of collection with all safety protocols observed.
General Operations for ALL Schools
1. Entry protocols to be enforced must include:
2. Schools must have a designated quarantine area.
Students who display flu-like symptoms should be assigned to the quarantine area to await pick-up. Teachers, health and safety officers, security officers or staff may identify these students to the principal.
3. Schools must follow specific safety protocols in the following circumstances (as explained in the MOE's Guidelines document):
4. Six feet distancing must be enforced in teaching spaces.
5. No whole-school assemblies to be held.
6. Breaks, including lunch times, should be staggered.
7. Students should be allowed to eat at their desks in classrooms to avoid congregation where necessary.
8. Sharing of materials such as books, stationery, snacks or sanitizers among or between students should not be permitted.
9. Schools are authorized to operate during normal school hours.
10. Parents are obligated to inform the school if students begin displaying flu-like symptoms at home or if students have been identified as primary contacts.
11. Schools will be provided with complete Guidelines for Physical Reopening and these should be carefully adhered to.
12. Schools should make a practice of repeating safety guidelines multiple times during the school day as a reminder to staff and students of the protocols to be kept. These can also be used as sanitization breaks for the students to use their personal hand sanitizers.
13. Schools should ensure that parents are apprised of the safety protocols and procedures in operation and enlist their support in reinforcing same with their children.
The Education District Health Unit will continue to operate as follows:
The complete Guidelines for Physical Reopening of Schools are available at www.moe.gov.tt.
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