Ministry of Education issues updated guidance on covid19

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Arima Boys RC Elementary School students gathered for morning assembly at the start of the first day of school. Photo by Roger Jacob

The Ministry of Education has published a covid19 case management guide for school principals and stakeholders which provides more details on how to handle suspected and positive covid19 virus cases in schools .

In a statement, the ministry said the guide was prepared and released following a meeting with stakeholders on Friday during which several issues were discussed. These included covid19 case management, school infrastructure, funding, vacancies and school discipline.

“It has been released based on issues raised at Friday’s meeting regarding the management of covid19 cases, and following the covid19 management procedures outlined in the Guidelines for Physical Reopening of Schools – Phase 4.

“Principals, middle managers, vice-principals and head teachers from each school district are expected to be hired by the school district’s health unit beginning May 11, along with representatives from county medical office offices for the health (CMOH), to discuss, in more detail, the management of covid19 in schools.

Attending the meeting were representatives from the Education, Research and Technology Division of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), faith councils, private primary and secondary school associations, associations primary and secondary school principals and the National Parent Teachers Association (NPTA).

“Although the Trinidad and Tobago United Teachers Association (TTUTA) was unable to attend this meeting due to prior commitments, the union is in communication with the ministry and a meeting to discuss its contribution is imminent.”

The statement said the ministry commended the efforts of all staff, stakeholders, parents, teachers, middle managers and principals “as TT seeks to provide the best possible educational opportunity, in times of a pandemic, to our children. Our continued cooperation and engagement during this transition period will be essential to achieve the best results. »