Thousands of people in virtual school until February; Senior High only back Monday announced TCI Education – Magnetic Media

#TurksandCaicos, January 15, 2022 – On Thursday, the Department for Education announced that the majority of TCI’s 7,400 students will remain out of classrooms until February unless there is a satisfactory decline in Covid-19 cases.

“Following our consultations with technical advisers from the Ministry of Health and having considered all variables, the Ministry of Education would like to inform the public that phase 3 of the roadmap for the return of students to classes in face-to-face will begin on Monday, January 17. In this phase, high school students in Grade 5/Grade 11 and students in Grade 12/Grade 6 will resume face-to-face classes. of the Ministry of Education as child care centers can continue in face-to-face mode. Pupils in all other classes will continue virtual classes until Friday January 28, 2022,” said Minister Rachel Taylor, who announced the harsh news at a press conference on Thursday January 13 morning.

Only fifth and sixth high school students will be back in class on Monday (January 17) and this is mainly driven by the fact that one, these young people have critical exams to prepare for and this cohort of students has the most low Covid-19 infection rate. All other students over the age of five will remain out of schools and in virtual learning.

“I would like to inform the listening public that, based on our data, the rate of infection among secondary school students is low compared to primary school children. Therefore, these findings support the Department of Education’s decision to return students in grades 5 and 6 to in-person instruction, as we anticipate older students to be more adhering to COVID 19 health protocols,” said Mark Garland, Deputy Director of Education. .

New, in an effort to fend off COVID, that students can be randomly tested if their parents sign a consent form to be provided by MOE.

Planned antigen test is for returning students, Jan 17eto the classroom.

“In preparation for the return of upper cycle students, schools will arrange classrooms to achieve maximum distance between each student. The ministry will seek parental consent to randomly test students to maintain as safe an environment as possible for teachers and students. If a student has flu-like symptoms, they should stay home until the symptoms resolve. If a student tests positive for Covid-19 or is a family member where another member has been quarantined, the student must access online classes until a quarantine order has been issued . Parents of students who will be returning to face-to-face classes are asked to follow this protocol to mitigate the spread of the virus.

The ministry said it will repeat what happened in the 2021-2022 school year, train teachers to carry out rapid antigen tests.

“Next week is the week from January 17e, two public school teachers from Grand Turk, South Caicos, North and Middle Caicos will be trained to use the antigen test, therefore, all public schools will have teachers who are equipped to administer the antigen test. Private schools wishing to have their staff trained, please speak to your school supervisor so we can see how we can best accommodate you,” Garland said.

Licensed and registered child care centers will continue as they have been; open to children up to five years old.

“Additionally, children enrolled in daycares registered with the Department of Education as daycares can continue in face-to-face mode. Students in all other grades will continue virtual classes until Friday, January 28, 2022.”

The ministry has asked employers to work with staff who will be managing their children’s virtual learning.

Telecom companies: Flow and Digicel and two resorts: Pine Cay and Amanyara were thanked for their support in internet connectivity, internet affordability, providing devices to hundreds of children , including a new investment from the Pine Cay Project which provided more than $18,000 in internet services for the next 30 days for some 750 students.

All have been labeled Platinum Partners of Education by Minister Taylor.

Perry A. Thomasson