Walwyn calls for ‘comprehensive plan’ for schools’ reopening
As some students head back to school for face-to-face learning, at least one BVI resident is calling for government to do more to assure parents, students, and teachers of their safety.
Former Education Minister Myron Walwyn is calling on the government to release what he calls a more “comprehensive plan” for the reopening of schools in the territory.
In a recent Facebook post, Walwyn said the plan should outline procedures that must be followed if a student or teacher contracts COVID-19. And he said all institutions, whether public or private, must be expected to follow this plan.
“I am very pleased to see that a decision has been taken to start face to face instructions in the classroom. There, however, needs to be one comprehensive plan developed spanning pre-opening procedures, in-school procedures, procedures if a student or teacher contracts COVID, etcetera. And it should be followed across the board by all institutions whether public or private,” Walwyn’s post said.
Walwyn said the plan should also be made a public document so parents and all stakeholders can be confident that students and teachers are safe.
“It also provides a measuring stick for compliance by the various institutions,” Walwyn’s post said.
The government approved face-to-face learning for some students in the BVI on September 18, in the latest Public Health COVID-19 Control & Suppression Order.
The order states that selected schools are approved for reopening once they’ve been inspected by the Social Distance Monitoring Task Force and approved by the Ministry of Education.
The order also outlines several procedures that schools must follow to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In a live broadcast to the territory on September 18, Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley said schools will not be allowed to reopen if they don’t adhere to the measures outlined in the Public Health COVID-19 Control & Suppression Order.