Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic forces closure of schools in St Lucia

The Government of Saint Lucia has ordered the closure of all educational institutions on the island for the next few weeks, amid COVID-19 fears.

The decision was made Saturday, March 14, 2020, at a high-level meeting with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and his cabinet of ministers, health officials and other government officials, one day after Saint Lucia confirmed its first case of the coronavirus.

"At this evening’s meeting, Cabinet agreed with a request from the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relation on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, that in an effort to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and reduce the potential for transmission, we wish to inform that all educational institutions on island will be closed from Monday, March 16, 2020, until April 13, 2020."

The closure of schools coincides with the Easter break.

All school activities will also be suspended, however, any further changes will be communicated as information becomes available.

Teachers are to report to their school on Monday and Tuesday to prepare teaching and learning material to be shared with students via identified platforms/media.

"The Chief Medical Officer will be announcing several other decisions which were taken at this evening's meeting during an address which will be aired tomorrow (Sunday, March 17, 2020). I will be addressing the nation upon completion of dialogue and consultation with national organizations and groups," the prime minister said.

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