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Rotary Sunset Joins the Fight to End Polio

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - World Polio Day is observed globally on October 24th by Rotary clubs worldwide in efforts to bring awareness on the eradication of polio as well as to commemorate the efforts of thousands of volunteers and organizations committed to eradicate polio worldwide. The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset will be hosting an End Polio wristband sale and a monetary drive in efforts to raise funds in support of the worldwide polio eradication efforts.

Polio, or poliomyelitis is a paralyzing and highly infectious disease caused by the deadly ‘Poliovirus’. This deadly disease mainly affects children under the age of 5 and it can quickly spread from person to person through contaminated water. The virus mainly affects the nervous system and often leads to paralysis of a persons’ limbs.

On Saturday October 24th, 2020, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset will be selling “End Polio Now” wristbands for 2 US dollars at Carrefour Market on the Bush Road and Fair Way Market in Point Blanche from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The club has also launched a, “Ten For Polio” fundraiser whereby the public is encouraged to donate 10 US dollars or more towards the eradication of Polio. Each dollar raised, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match it with an additional $2. The club’s account numbers are WIB- USD 82173909 or WIB- ANG 82173806 and all donors are encouraged to initialize their transfer with “Ten For Polio Donation” in the description slot. Persons can also contact the club for donation pickups.  

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but it is crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year. Despite the success of eradicating polio in 99.9% of the world, Rotary and its partners must sustain the progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this deadly disease could return to ‘Polio Free’ countries, thus putting children everywhere a risk.

The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset would like to encourage the general population to contribute towards the polio eradication efforts. We are ‘This Close’ to a Polio Free World and we need your help. For more information on how you can donate please visit: Rotary.org or contact the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Increased efficiency with post-disaster social assistance aim of Integrated Social Registry System

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA), through the assistance of the Sint Maarten Trust Fund, has started the process of designing and developing an Integrated Social Registry System (ISRS).  Once completed, this system will be a primary resource in effectively providing social assistance to the vulnerable residents of our communities.

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in the presence of the Minister of VSA, the Honorable Richard Panneflek, a contract was signed between the Director of the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB) Claret Connor, and Mr. Alain Roper, Managing Partner of Computech N.V. The NRPB, as the project implementing unit of the Sint Maarten Trust Fund, will oversee the development of the ISRS by Computech N.V. Once fully developed, the ISRS will be able to enhance the Government’s efficiency in providing social assistance following disasters or other shocks.

The ISRS comes as a request of the VSA Ministry, the ministry that coordinates a variety of social services and benefits. At present individuals, oftentimes lacking proper information about certain social programs, travel to the Government’s Administration Building more than once, wait in lines, and repeatedly have to provide the same documents. On the other side, the Ministry faces higher administrative costs, duplications in processes, and lack of coordination in determining eligibility for the various programs.

The Integrated Social Registry System will improve the capacity to better coordinate these social programs. “The system will enhance the delivery of existing services and programs by regulating the help, support, direction and cooperation as effectively as possible; it will allow the ministry to know if people are potentially eligible for one or more services.

It will also reduce the administrative burden when applying for services. The ministry will be able to respond more quickly and effectively in case of a disaster, it will allow the ministry to improve governmental policies and improve new services and programs tailored to needs of the people.” Explained Joy Arnell, Secretary General of the VSA Ministry.

A second benefit of the system will be to support in the identification and registration of the island’s most vulnerable. Post disaster, the most vulnerable will be able to receive a more immediate assistance as their location and status would have been registered previously. “We see that once again through the Trust Fund, we are able to build resilience into our recovery,” Connor noted at the signing of the contract. “Having a system like this in place will save valuable time and effort in reaching those that need the assistance most after future disasters.”

With the signing of the contract, the team at Computech N.V. will work hand in hand with VSA and Government’s ICT department to deliver several capacities of the ISRS over a period of time while working towards the project completion date of May 2022. Representing the company at the contract signing, Roper indicated that, “Computech is determined to successfully accompany the Government of Sint Maarten on its quest to improve citizen engagement, empower employees and deliver data driven services with this new Integrated Social Registry System. This system will provide the government with accurate up to date data on household’s socio-economic needs and will allow the Ministry of VSA  to be proactive and have foresight in delivering services to their clients.”

Computech N.V., a Sint Maarten based professional services company, has been providing IT consulting and services on the island since 2000. “I am especially elated that we were able to procure a local company to embark on this project with,” observed Minister Panneflek. “We have talented individuals and companies right here on the island. I encourage everyone not to be intimidated by the process. Many of the contracts awarded through the Trust Fund have been to local entrepreneurs and companies. We need to all participate in the recovery of our beautiful island.”

The Integrated Social Registry System is part of the second component of the Emergency Income Support Training Program (EISTP) under the Sint Maarten Trust Fund. The first component, which consisted of the training of unemployed and underemployed persons in Sint Maarten in the wake of Hurricane Irma, concluded in September 2020 after successfully completing its goal of training more than 1800 participants. The Project is financed by the Government of the Netherlands, managed by the World Bank and implemented by NRPB.

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Single-use plastics cross-border venture

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, representatives from both sides of the island met to discuss the mutually beneficial campaign to combat single-use plastic. Senior Policy Advisor, Nikima Hickinson from the Department of Interior and Kingdom Relations (BAK) took the opportunity to share the many successful activities derived from the single-use plastic pilot project in 2019.

The Territory Councilor, Madame Pascale Alix-Laborde shared the upcoming plans for the campaign initiated by the Collectivité of Saint-Martin. Both parties agreed to combine efforts moving forward and solidify such in a memorandum of understanding which will be drafted in the coming days.

As a form of raising awareness and actively involving residents from both sides, Madame Alix-Laborde indicated that the campaign will be commence soon with a list of activities.

Public activities will be publicized in the coming weeks and the public is invited to participate, so that Sint Maarten will be Plastic-Free by 2023! Friendly Island, Clean Island!  

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The Face of Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio (SXM)

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio is pleased to announce its first annual SXM Model challenge which will decide which model will become ‘The Face of Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio’ for the coming 12 months.

This search will have 12 models between 13 and 23 years old participate over a six-week span in which each week new challenges in the field of modeling will have to be faced. Based on their performance during each particular challenge, every week one participant will be ‘eliminated’ from this year’s ‘The Face of Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio’ while the others proceed to the next week.

The final 6 contestants will be part of the grand finale at Holland House Beach Hotel on December 12th where the eventual winner will be chosen who will become ‘The Face of Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio’.

The goal during each of the 6 challenges of ‘The Face of Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio is to highlight the beautiful history and culture of St. Maarten and St. Martin combined with touristic highlights of our beautiful Island. To emphasize these historic, cultural and touristic gems, the challenges will be held at locations like Fort Amsterdam, Fort Louis, the Courthouse, Freedom Fighters roundabout, Emilio Wilson Park, Coralita lookout point, Pinel Island and much more.

The 12 models that will be part of the 1st edition of ‘The Face of Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio are:

Beyoncé Williams, Mijiala St. Luce, Tianna Mathew, Fritche Ann Soriano, Mahalia Jackson, Maliek Short, Tefari Prevoo Francisco, Zidania Charles Gumbs, Sharees Thomas, Gabriël Sequaris, Emilly de Meza, Leedje Amancia.

The performances of the models during the weekly challenges will be judged by Vanina Gerard, Alexandra Hubert, Rudolph Davis, Keoma Hamer and Stacy-ann Taylor which will be complemented each week by 2 highly skilled and professional guest judges. Some of the judges that have confirmed so far are: Charisse Piper, Roberto Arrindell, Clara Reys, Tracy (Teeze) Dawkins, Anna Richardson, Marchal James and Ricardo Bethel.

ABOUT STAY-ANN TAYLOR AND THE STUDIO

Stacy-Ann is a self-taught makeup artist, with numerous years of experience at MAC Cosmetics as senior makeup artist and product specialist. Stacy-Ann has been working in this field for over half a decade and has been lucky enough to do makeup for so many amazing clients both locally and internationally and for so many different occasions, like bridal makeup, fashion makeup, photo shoots, corporate websites and commercial video’s to name a few.

Besides makeup, fashion has always been her passion ever since she can remember. Before pursuing a career as a makeup artist, Stacy-Ann has been working at different boutiques in St. Maarten like Liz Claiborne and Qui Boutique. Whether your closet is in need of a makeover, or you need something eye catching for a special event, Stacy-Ann is there to tackle the task.

With all the experiences gained in the makeup and fashion field, Stacy-ann now decided to establish her own Studio to bring her knowledge together and help clients with makeup artistry, image consultancy, creative concept development, photography assistant and models. For this last group Stacy-Ann specifically started a modeling agency.​

MODELING AGENCY

The modeling Agency of Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio has earned a reputation for the ability to grow some of the best and talented individuals in the industry. The Agency has created a diverse group of talented individuals, connecting them with the best in the business. The aim is to pave the way to success for our aspiring stars, providing them with all the tools, resources, and personalized attention they need to make it to the top.

Since the start at the end of June 2020 the Agency now has more than 30 aspiring and enthusiastic models signed up, all eager to further develop their modeling techniques, skills and to enhance their confidence and poise. Most of the models that signed up are teenagers and young-adults between the age of 13 and 20 years old but also adults, mature and full-figured women signed up with the agency.

The model agency focuses on offering a variety of services were models are required like (corporate) promotional video’s and photo shoots, video and photo shoots for the music and entertainment industry as well as cat-walks and fashion shows for both the local as regional market and in the future the international market.

So far the feedback Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio has received from the models, parents and the community as a whole is extremely positive with most credits for the fact that the Agency offers young motivated St. Maarteners a chance to excel, build their confidence and step in the spot light as first step to a successful (international) modeling career.

This was also the main reason that Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio recently offered 3 scholarships to young talented youngsters who were eager to become a model but due to the present economic circumstances were not in the (financial) position to sign up with the agency and to build their portfolio while working with professional photographers.

CONTRIBUTORS AND CONTACT

‘The Face of Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio’ is made possible due to several extra-ordinary contributors namely: Holland House Beach Hotel, BZSE Law, Imagen Graphics, Marvel Painting Company, St. Maarten Department of Culture, St. Maarten Tourist Office, Office du Tourisme St. Martin, Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Hopfit SXM, Carita Day Spa SXM, Glam Fashion Boutique, Brazilian Bikini Store SXM, and Villa Les Jardin Bellevue.

Last but not least a special thanks needs to go out to the following persons that volunteered and contributed their free time, energy and knowledge towards this project: Vanina Gerard, Alexandra Hubert, Rudolph Davis, Cameron Hyman, Elvis Harrigan, Thomas Prost, Fiel Efenio Keoma Hamer and Ricardo Bethel.

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Three Suspects arrested for Tuesday early morning robberies at two supermarkets

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Detective Department together with the Patrol officers has arrested three suspects for two armed robberies which took place early this morning, Tuesday, October 20th, 2020. 

The police patrols together with members of the Special Robbery Unit of Sint Maarten Police arrested the three (3) suspects with the initials R.R.R., A.E.A., and M.P.C., for their alleged involvements in this morning’s robberies. 

At approximately 8:50 am, the Central Dispatch received a report that a male suspect, fled a supermarket in the Sucker Garden area, after having robbed the establishment of its earnings.

On the scene, the officers were informed that a male suspect, who was dressed in a blue coverall, entered the establishment brandishing a firearm and demanded the supermarket’s daily earnings. After robbing the establishment, the suspect fled in a grey vehicle that was parked a few meters away. The vehicle took off in an unknown direction.

The Central Dispatch then received another call at around 9:30 am, regarding another robbery that had taken place at a supermarket on the L.B. Scott road.

A detailed description matching that of the male suspect involved in the first robbery was given to the detectives on the case. 

After robbing the supermarket, the suspect got into the same previously described grey car and drove off, this time in the direction of St. Peters. A search was quickly carried out by the patrols in the area for the suspect(s) vehicle but to no avail.

Reports of a sighting of the vehicle in the area of Pendent Cactus Road in Sucker Garden were received at around 1:00 pm. The patrols together with the members of the Special Unit Robberies rushed to the location where the car was indeed found.

The three persons who were in the vehicle at the time were immediately apprehended and transported to the Philipsburg Police Station. The car was also confiscated.

Detectives of the Special Unit Robberies are still busy with this investigation. Crime prevention is everybody’s business. (KPSM)

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St. Dominic High to Host Virtual Info Evening about IBDP Program on Thursday

SINT MAARTEN (REWARD) - The St. Dominic High School is hosting a virtual information evening on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) on Thursday October 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Interested students in Form 4 and the examination classes along with their parents are invited to learn more about this internationally recognized and rigorous pre-university programme. Information will be available explaining the subject prerequisites and the application process for the full diploma and diploma courses.

Students who would like to benefit from a pre-university study in one, two or three subjects are invited to get information about becoming a diploma course candidate in the IB Programme at St. Dominic High School. The admissions process will include placement for diploma course candidates in the following subjects: Spanish B, Dutch B, History, Business Management, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics: analysis and approaches, Mathematics: applications and interpretation and Visual Arts

Attendees will be given insight into the research process of the 4,000-word Extended Essay, the importance of learning outside the classroom with Creativity, Activity, Service and how we know what we claim to know in Theory of Knowledge.

The recent IB Class of 2020 gave feedback regarding their experience over the two years:

“The most beneficial part of participating in the Diploma Programme was to be able to discover a new facet of myself. With the English DP Course extensively designed to make students an ace in their writing and analytical skills, it enhanced my love for books and forced me to dig deeper within myself to find the why to every question and element in book and adversely in the world we live in today.”

Join us to learn how the IB Programme provides students with opportunities to explore and develop their personal and cultural identities and to apply their learning by taking action within their community.

St. Dominic High is one of 3,421 schools offering the Diploma Programme, in 157 different countries worldwide. It is also the first government subsidized school in the Caribbean authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer the Diploma Programme for students aged 16 to 19. The IBO collaborates with schools, governments and international organizations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia to develop and offer challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment in order to achieve its mission of developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Students who are interested in the journey associated with learning, want to create opportunities for themselves, are driven to be successful and desire a more challenging curriculum that encourages them to think critically, to become internationally-minded, to reflect on their learning, and to develop university ready research skills are welcome to attend this virtual information evening on Thursday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

If you are interested send an email to the Diploma Programme Coordinator Ms. M. Richardson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) requesting a link to the event.

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CADWELL, INC. PARTNERS WITH N.V. G.E.B.E. TO IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE RECYCLING INITIATIVE

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Cadwell, Inc., a leading recycling and distribution company serving the Caribbean and Europe, partnered with N.V. G.E.B.E. to process and export more than a million pounds of recyclables with plans to hopefully double that amount in the near future.  Phase one of the project filled 20 shipping containers, each weighing more than 45,000 pounds each.  Phase two will include an additional 10, weighing more than 60,000 pounds apiece. 

“This represents a major step for both G.E.B.E. and St. Maarten to accomplish its environmental and clean energy goals,” said Andrew Cadwell, CEO, and co-founder of Cadwell, Inc.  “We have been so fortunate to work with CEO Kenrick Chittick and his forward-thinking team of professionals.”Much of the materials consisted of debris left over from Hurricane Irma, including poles, transformers, streetlights, cables and other metals from the damaged substation and water tanks.  All materials had to be gathered, sorted, cleaned, transported, and loaded into shipping containers.  The entire project was accomplished with local citizen labor and trucking.   

“Hurricane Irma made its mark on our island causing significant damage and destruction to our substation and water tanks,” said G.E.B.E. CEO Kenrick Chittick.  “This project is good for St. Maarten, good for the environment and good for jobs.” This is just one aspect of G.E.B.E.’s ongoing plans to implement more efficient, cleaner power generation migrating to renewables and cleaner burning natural gas. 

The debris and recyclables were previously stored on four separate job sites, totaling five to six acres.  Now clear, G.E.B.E. is expanding its safety and training program. 

A great example of the teamwork required to tackle a project of this magnitude, is the cooperation and assistance received from Meadowlands Waste Company.    

“It’s great to see how we all got together for a common goal, as exemplified by GEBE donating 55-gallon drums to Meadowlands in order to increase recycling throughout the cities,” Mr. Chittick added. 

Critical assistance came from Mr. Yannick Hodge, G.E.B.E. Power Plant Material Manager, and other essential members of G.E.B.E., such as Mr. Patrick Drijvers, Mr. Romnet Rolando and Mr. Ramiro Hernandez. Throughout the project, they demonstrated a strong comradery and organization as a team.  

“We are looking forward to a long-term relationship with G.E.B.E. and other important institutions on St. Maarten,” said Mr. Cadwell.  “Our company shares Mr. Chittick’s commitment to the local community and to doing business with the greatest honesty and integrity, always putting the needs of St. Maarten’s citizens first.”

About:  Pompano Beach, Florida-based Cadwell, Inc. is a leading recycling distribution company focused on the Caribbean and Central America.  In addition to its robust distribution offerings, Cadwell works closely with governments, utilities and large institutions to reduce landfill waste by cleaning up landfills and implementing and managing recycling programs that benefit the health and wellbeing of local residents and the environment as a whole.  The company is also on a mission to give back to the communities it serves by funding renewable energy conversion projects for schools, churches and orphanages that offer inspiration, hope and a path for meaningful change. 

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EUTEL N.V, Statia Government and the Dutch Ministry of the Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations arrange faster/ cheaper internet

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Government of St. Eustatius and EUTEL N.V. have managed to conclude an attractive agreement with Saba Statia Cable System B.V. (SSCS B.V.) for internet capacity for the coming five years. SSCS BV is owned by the Ministry of the Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations.

This results in more Internet capacity, at a lower cost. In the coming months direct connections will be established between Statia and Miami, which is a major international Internet node, where Internet capacity is relatively cheaper. Statia will be connected via two routes to Miami so that if one connection is lost, the other route can take over, so-called ‘geographical redundancy’.

Once the direct connections to Miami are established, likely in early 2021, everyone on St. Eustatius will benefit. The financial benefits of this deal will be fully transferred to the customers and businesses of Statia. All consumer packages will receive a reduction of the monthly tariff and all connections will receive considerable higher speeds than currently is the case.

Later this year EUTEL N.V. will publish the new speeds and tariffs of the packages. Also, these higher speeds will make it possible for EUTEL N.V. to provide higher quality television. This price reduction will be additional to the recently announced increase of the monthly subsidy from the Dutch Government of $25 (2020) to $35 (2021) on all Internet connections on Statia.

The Government of St. Eustatius and EUTEL N.V. are pleased with these price reductions and considerably higher internet speeds in order for businesses and government to work more efficiently. Students will be able to learn from home, while general consumers will be able to keep in contact with their friends and family abroad.

State Secretary for the Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations, Raymond Knops is also responsible for Information society & government therefore he is glad with the increase of the possibilities by the agreement. Not only in European Netherlands is he committed to access to digitization but also in the Caribbean Netherlands. Saba has also been invited to take advantage of this offer.

The Government of St. Eustatius and Eutel N.V. reached this agreement with the help of Netherlands Telecom Consulting and Support (NTCS), an independent consulting firm, that supported EUTEL N.V. in elaborating various scenario’s to significantly lower the purchase price and increase the Internet capacity (also called ‘IP transit’). In the aforementioned project parties cooperated with SSCS B.V. This company operates the submarine cable that connects Statia and Saba with other submarine cable systems on the neighboring islands St. Maarten, St. Barts and St. Kitts. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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SMMC presents Asha Stevens School with token of appreciation

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - SMMC’s Medical Director and Chairman of the Outbreak Management Team (OMT), Dr. Felix Holiday and SMMC’s Surgeon Dr. Luc Mercelina recently presented Mrs. Asha Stevens-Mohabier and staff of the Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School with a token of appreciation for their warm cooperation given during the construction of SMMC’s Auxiliary Care Facility (ACF).

During the previous 2 months, the school allowed SMMC to make use of their isolated gym hall as a storm resilient location in which the Dutch Government’s donated ICU tents could be set up for the administering of COVID care, while the construction of the ACF was ongoing nearby. Dr. Holiday presented the token of appreciation and stated: “SMMC is thankful for your excellent cooperation given while we are navigating the local effects of the COVID-19 pandemic compounded by a very active hurricane season. We think you are a great example of how solid partnerships can bring fruitful results”.

Since early October, SMMC has transferred all its regular COVID care to its ACF and had the gym hall sanitized professionally and brought it back to its original state in order for the Health Inspectorate to conduct an inspection so the facility may be given clearance for regular use again.

The off-premises ACF features sixteen (16) beds of which six (6) are ICU and ten (10) are medium-care. Of the ten (10) medium-care beds, four (4) are in complete isolation and segregation and are intended for suspected COVID patients who are awaiting PCR results. In the event of a surge in COVID related hospitalizations, SMMC has an additional isolation capacity of eleven (11) beds within the hospital.

In the event that a storm or hurricane poses a direct threat to St. Maarten, COVID patients will be transferred to SMMC. Non-COVID patients may be evacuated to an approved, nearby facility or airlifted to a hospital within the Dutch Kingdom, if needed.

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Schools to use Blended Approach of Distance Learning and Class Instruction

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - All schools are expected to begin the delivery of education using a blended approach or to maintain their Distance Learning approach beginning October 19, 2020 as hundreds of Primary and Secondary Examination and Special Education students return to the classroom for in person instruction, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports (MECYS) said in a statement on Sunday evening.

“This begins the phased resumption of in person instruction as the Education Sector works closely with the support of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) and the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT) to bring students back to school in a safe manner .

“Education providers and Examination students of six primary schools and one secondary school return to their campuses today, with additional schools slated to begin during the course of the week, and yet others in a phased manner over the next weeks. In most cases not all Examination Students are returning at once. Rather, schools are using various approaches to ensure Social Distancing protocols are met. In cases where students are not returning to the classroom, schools continue to deliver education via their Online platforms.

“All schools that are resuming operations have developed, submitted and implemented Safety Plans that have been approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. These schools have also undergone and passed facility inspections conducted by the Inspectorates of the Ministry of ECYS and VSA. During the inspections, all schools were required to demonstrate that all required safety and health protocols for educational institutions and the workplace have been implemented.

“As in person instruction resumes, all school boards and the authorities of the Division of Public Education are commended for diligently working to ensure that in person instruction is facilitated in a way that safeguards the health and wellbeing of students and education providers. Gratitude is expressed to school Bus operators who have developed Safety Plans that have been reviewed and approved by the Ministry of TEATT and have successfully passed their inspections. These operators that will be along the island’s roadways once again as per today, picking students up daily as per 6:30 a.m. within the various districts, and collecting students at the end of the school day from their various schools are encouraged to maintain the health protocols and to encourage all passengers to do the same.

“Students returning to in class instruction over the course of the next few weeks are encouraged to practice social distancing, frequently sanitize their hands, wear their masks and follow the new guidelines which are intended to keep them and their loved ones safe. Lastly, as a community we must remember that we are all in this together. We must all continue to practice all health protocols so that together we can continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within our community and by extension our schools, so that we can maintain the safest possible environment for our students as they return.

“The Ministry of ECYS would like to remind the general public that all precautionary measures are being taken prior to reopening school campuses, it is of utmost importance that all safety plans and facility inspections are approved. Where these have not yet been concluded, this is expected to be realized over the next few weeks. These precautionary measures are in place in an effort to safeguard the health and safety of students, teachers and staff. As we work together to keep our community safe, we appreciate your understanding and cooperation,” the cabinet of the Ministry MECYS statement concludes.

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