One of the nation’s most prominent primary schools, St. Margaret’s Primary, was forced to close its doors today to face-to-face learning after an ancillary staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
Parents were called to pick up their children as the school went into a full lockdown.
One stressed parent said she is very concerned about the situation at the school since the entire school might have been at risk.
A senior official of the school explained that the Ministry of Education was informed of the situation and the school will be guided by the Ministry’s recommendation for reopening. The official said the school will revert to virtual teaching sessions as it remains closed for the in-person classes.
It is likely that the school will remain closed for the next two weeks as part of its safety protocols and sanitization plans.
At least 20 schools have been forced to close their doors since they reopened for face-to-face learning last week over COVID-19 cases.
Only vaccinated staff members are allowed access to the school compounds for the in-person classes but with the vaccine not serving as prevention for contracting the virus, the worry remains that vaccinated persons could still become infected and pass the virus around while experiencing no symptoms.
The Education Ministry has been defending its decision to reopen schools for in-person classes. The schools are allowed to set their own schedule with most schools going on a rotation system.