Schools reopen today, says Reid
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.