Monday 25 May, 2020

St Eustatius shuts schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19

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All schools, day-care centres and after-school programs on St Eustatius will close from March 30 due to the decreased availability of cleaning materials.

Deputy Island Governor Alida Francis said the measure was taken in a bid to reduce chances of coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading on the Dutch-Caribbean Island, located in the Eastern Caribbean.

She stated these institutions will remain closed until April 15 but that date can be extended if the international landscape changes.

Francis said: “We are aware that these closures will impact our island in a profound way as parents and guardians must stay away from work to see about their children. We are doing our best to lessen the impact of this difficult but necessary decision.”

All necessary learning material will be available online for students.

St Eustatius does not any cases of the COVID-19.

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