Wednesday 25 November, 2020

St Augustine school closed after COVID-19 scare

The St Augustine Government Primary School is the latest school to be temporarily closed following confirmation that a student has been exposed to COVID-19.  

This is the third school since the reopening of schools on July 20 to students preparing for the SEA placement examination on August 20.  

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The two other schools, Maraval RC Primary School and Tacarigua Presbyterian School were closed following confirmation that students due to sit the SEA exam had tested positive for COVID-19.

In a memo to teachers dated July 28, Principal Carlene Duncan advised that she had been contacted by County Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr Osafo Fraser earlier in the afternoon, and he indicated that a student was exposed to a contact of a COVID-19 positive patient.

Duncan indicated that the Ministry of Health recommended that the school be temporarily closed given the risk posed to the school population.

According to the correspondence, quarantine is mandatory, in keeping with established COVID-19 health protocols.

But, the school’s principal said Dr Fraser could not say for how long as health officials don’t yet know enough to advise.

Teachers were informed that their contact details would be forwarded to the CMOH.

The school will remain closed, pending clearance from the Ministry of Health.

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