Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020. 6:19 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Education acknowledged today that there are safety concerns with reopening schools on August 10, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; however, with almost 100,000 students at the preschool, primary school and high school level out of class since March, the ministry maintains that schools need to reopen.
On today’s session of Ask the Experts, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture, Deborah Domingo, and Chief Education Officer Carol Babb,called on parents to support the reopening of classes due to the various benefits that schools provide to children.
“Schools are a safety net for students. Schools provide structured academic instruction by trained teachers. Children can get help to support their social and emotional development. Schools with free meal programs can provide at least one nutritious meal to students who need it most. School is also a safe place for children because many of them are exposed to abuse of all levels or of all kinds,” Babb said.
She also noted that the ministry chose to reopen in August as there is no community spread of COVID-19 in Belize.
Domingo said that the Ministry has been working with health sector partners including the Ministry of Health to formulate a set of guidelines for the safe reopening and operation of school.
Additionally, schools are required to develop their own action plans which are unique to their specific situations and have the Ministry review those plans.
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