Omicron delays face-to-face classes

The fast-spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19 has thwarted plans for a phased return of face-to-face classes, even as schools once used as isolation centres have been turned back over to the Ministry of Education

the ministry announced yesterday that in light of the development, schools will resume online classes from January 10, instead of the planned blended and face-to-face environments.

“Further discussions must be held with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to determine whether additional precautions must be taken for safe face-to-face reopening. It is against this backdrop that principals, staff, students and parents should continue to prepare for the phased return to face-to-face school.  The new proposed date for this modality is Monday, January 24, 2022,” it said.

Chief Medical Officer The Most Honourable Dr Kenneth George had earlier this week told the Saturday Sun the schools had been stood down as isolation facilities in preparation for when school resumed.

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