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Considerations over Stella Maris opening after mum or dad constructive for COVID

Some dad and mom of scholars attending the Stella Maris Preparatory College in Shortwood, St Andrew are up in arms with the administration over the choice to not shut the establishment after the mum or dad of two college students returned a constructive COVID-19 antigen take a look at.

Reasonably than closing your entire college, as was the case with a number of faculties the place there have been suspected or confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 not too long ago, the choice was taken by Stella Maris to droop the courses during which the 2 college students, who’re mentioned to be asymptomatic, are positioned.

In a letter to folks/guardians on Thursday night, a duplicate of which was obtained by Loop Information, Principal of Stella Maris, Sister Mary Joseph knowledgeable that she had “simply been knowledgeable” {that a} mum or dad who has two youngsters attending the varsity, obtained a constructive antigen take a look at outcome in the present day (Thursday) for the Covid-19 virus.  The take a look at was carried out yesterday (Wednesday).

“The scholars are from Grade 2 Allan and Grade 6 Richards. They final attended college, one on Monday and the opposite on Wednesday. Each youngsters are asymptomatic (not displaying any signs of Covid-19). They may stay at dwelling for fourteen days and might want to submit a health care provider’s certificates to the varsity earlier than they return,” mentioned the letter.

Sister Joseph famous that in line with the rules from the Ministry of Well being and Wellness, all college students from Grade 2 Allan and Grade 6 Richards may also isolate at dwelling and attend courses on-line for 2 weeks beginning on Friday, February 5.

“All different courses will stay open for face-to-face class,” she knowledgeable.

The principal additionally expressed her gratitude to the dad and mom “for his or her fast and accountable motion in informing us and withdrawing the youngsters from college instantly on the suspicion of their publicity to Covid-19”.   

Efforts by Loop News to contact Sister Joseph on Friday have been unsuccessful as calls positioned to the varsity weren’t answered.

Nonetheless, dad and mom have expressed that out of an abundance of warning, the varsity must be closed.

“I feel they need to shut the varsity till not less than the Ministry (of Well being) comes and provides the go-ahead that it’s secure to reopen the varsity,” one involved mum or dad, who wished to stay nameless, advised Loop Information.

The choice by the Stella Maris administration to maintain courses open seems to be a departure from current incidents the place a number of faculties have been closed for deep cleansing and sanitisation for as much as two weeks or extra in some situations when college students, employees or shut kin of scholars had examined constructive for COVID-19.

In an announcement within the Parliament on January 26, Schooling Minister Fayval Williams disclosed that eight of the 216 faculties that have been authorized for face-to-face courses have been impacted by suspected or confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus.

Amongst them was Donald Quarrie Excessive College in St Andrew which had a suspected case of a scholar being contaminated with the coronavirus which was later confirmed by a constructive take a look at.

The college was closed on January 21 for sanitisation and psychosocial intervention and the Ministry of Well being and Wellness suggested that the varsity ought to stay closed till it had accomplished contact tracing.

Williams advised the Home that Penwood Excessive, which can be situated in St Andrew, had a employees member who examined constructive ensuing within the closure of the varsity for deep sanitisation. The college was scheduled to reopen for face-to-face courses on February 1. All people who got here involved with the constructive case have been quarantined.

In Area 2, which contains St Mary, St Thomas and Portland, the St Mary Excessive College delayed its reopening plans after a senior member of the executive management crew was uncovered to the virus. The employees member was quarantined.

“This member’s partner examined constructive and the board determined to delay the reopening for a later date,” Williams mentioned.

In Area 5, which is made up of Manchester and St Elizabeth, 4 circumstances of COVID-19 have been reported; one at Sydney Pagon Excessive, one at Fullerswood Major and Toddler College, and two circumstances involving dad and mom at Munro Faculty.

A scholar at Sydney Pagon Excessive examined constructive for COVID-19 on January 13 after which the varsity was closed. It was scheduled to reopen on February 1 (almost three weeks later) following sanitisation and psychosocial actions.

“Fullerswood reported a instructor testing constructive for the coronavirus and the varsity was closed on January 14. The college was reopened on January 20 following deep cleansing,” mentioned Williams.

Because it pertains to Munro Faculty, the Ministry of Well being and Wellness knowledgeable that two dad and mom of scholars who journey to highschool (day college students) examined constructive for COVID-19.

“As such face-to-face studying has been suspended for the scholars who journey to highschool till the contact tracing, sanitisation and psychosocial actions are accomplished. These college students have resumed distant studying actions, face-to-face will proceed for boarders,” Williams shared.

She mentioned that as a matter of warning, the Ministry of Well being and Wellness has notified Munro and Hampton that the scholars/boarders who had left for the weekend should be quarantined upon return for 14 days earlier than they’re allowed to re-engage in face-to-face actions.

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