Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2020. 3:22 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: In today’s episode of Ask the Experts, Dr. Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer, said that the Ministry of Education is excited to report that schools will be able to reopen “safely” on August 10, thanks to donations made to the Ministry by various collaborating partners.
Babb noted that businesses and institutions such as Belize Electricity Limited, the Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 Relief Foundation, and the Social Security Board have donated thousands of dollars to support the Ministry in the reopening of schools. The funds contributed are being used to improve the school’s safety infrastructure and procure essentials cleaning and safety supplies. Hand washing stations are being installed and additional furniture are being procured to ensure that children will be safe upon their return to classes.
“All schools who have reached out to us…will be receiving chairs,” Babb said.
Cecilia Ramirez-Smith, Deputy Chief Education Officer, explained that the Ministry has been working closely with its District Education Centers which have been reviewing the individual school operational plans to ensure the plans are feasible and have the health and safety of students and school personnel at their core.
“Over the past few weeks we have been looking at how schools are getting ready using a two-pronged approach. One prong focuses on the proposal that schools put forward in terms of how they will provide instruction to children once they get back into the classroom,” Ramirez-Smith said. The other aspect of the review includes an actual site visit to the school.
According to Ramirez-Smith, the Ministry is also giving additional support to schools that are lagging behind in their progress in preparing for the August 10 reopening date.
Chief Education Officer Babb made a plea to the public to call the Ministry and report any school which may be in need of assistance.
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