Schools re­open to­day, says Reid

Jamaica Gleaner - - MAPPING MATTHEW -

ED­U­CA­TION MIN­IS­TER Ruel Reid has in­di­cated that al­lowance had al­ready been made in the school cal­en­dar for ad­di­tional days. As a re­sult, there will be no ex­ten­sion of the aca­demic year to com­pen­sate for days lost dur­ing prepa­ra­tion for the pas­sage of Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

“We had al­ready given a cap for the 21st of De­cem­ber for the end of this term, and so that pro­vides suf­fi­cient ad­di­tional days that schools can utilise to make up for any lost days,” he said in an in­ter­view with The Gleaner.

Reid dis­closed that a ma­jor­ity of the 28 schools used as ac­tive shel­ters had al­ready been evac­u­ated and clean-up teams would have worked yes­ter­day to pre­pare the class­rooms for re­sump­tion of school to­day.

“As you know, gen­er­ally, most per­sons have left the shel­ters, but there are a few with per­sons still there,” he ex­plained.

One hun­dred and ninety-five chil­dren and 621 adults sought shel­ter in schools that were ac­ti­vated as shel­ters.

While it is ex­pected that all schools that were not used as ac­tive shel­ters will have classes to­day, Reid said that in­sti­tu­tions which housed adults and chil­dren dur­ing the prepa­ra­tion for Hur­ri­cane Matthew may be al­lowed ad­di­tional time to en­gage in clean-up ac­tiv­i­ties.

“In­struc­tions have been is­sued to the prin­ci­pals for them to work with the shel­ter man­agers to get the schools or­gan­ised and cleaned up so classes can restart with­out much de­lay,” he said.

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