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More public schools to reopen tomorrow, ministry announces

Warwick Preschool, one of several scheduled to reopen for in-person learning tomorrow. (File photograph)

More schools are set to reopen tomorrow after another day of Covid-19 tests – but the senior schools and several middle schools will stay closed.

Tinee Furbert, the acting education minister, said: “We continue to make notable progress with school openings for term 2.

“We thank MDL, our principals, teachers, staff and parents for their support and we are very pleased that additional students can report to school for in-person learning."

A spokeswoman for the education department said St George’s Preschool, Devonshire Preschool, Warwick Preschool and Lagoon Park Preschool would all reopen tomorrow.

The openings will expand the number of public preschools that are fully open to eight, alongside Lyceum Preschool, St Paul’s Preschool, Southampton Preschool and Prospect Preschool, all of which opened today as scheduled.

Victor Scott Preschool will be open for some classes tomorrow and parents of St David’s Preschool students will be notified when the school is ready to take children back.

The department said nine primary schools would open tomorrow, including:

•Dalton E Tucker

•East End Primary

•Victor Scott Primary

•West Pembroke Primary

•Gilbert Institute

•Francis Patton

•West End Primary

•Somerset Primary

•St George's Preparatory

Heron Bay Primary, Prospect Primary, Paget Primary, Purvis Primary, Elliot Primary and Northlands Primary will be open for “specific classes”.

The spokeswoman added: “The Department of Education will update parents, guardians and the public once the remaining three primary schools, Harrington Sound, Port Royal and St David's Primary are ready to receive students.

“Staff from these three schools will continue to provide assignments for students.”

Success Academy in Roberts Avenue, Devonshire and Clearwater Middle School in St David’s will also open tomorrow.

But the spokeswoman said Dellwood Middle School, Sandys Secondary Middle School and the Whitney Institute had “not reached the staffing levels to allow in-person learning”.

The spokeswoman added: “Parents of these three middle schools are advised that these schools will provide remote learning for students starting tomorrow morning.

“Staffing levels for senior schools and the Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy have not reached the level for in-person learning.

“Both senior schools are prepared for remote learning starting tomorrow morning.”

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Published January 05, 2022 at 6:58 pm (Updated January 05, 2022 at 7:47 pm)

More public schools to reopen tomorrow, ministry announces

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