Resumption of face-to-face classes up for review | Loop Jamaica

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A COVID-19 sub-committee of Cabinet is to meet on Friday to discuss the resumption of face-to-face classes for some categories of students attending public schools.

The disclosure was made by Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a vaccination tour in northern Clarendon on Thursday.

Face-to-face classes were shuttered at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic locally in March last year. However, classes have resumed sparingly, for some students sitting external examinations.

According to Holness, Minister of Education Fayval Williams has placed a submission before Cabinet to consider the reopening of schools.

“We will be taking a full analysis of this document tomorrow [Friday] when the COVID Committee of Cabinet meets,” the prime minister revealed.

“The consideration is for a return to face-to-face [classes] for some categories of students, certainly for the vaccinated category of students, but we also have to look at where we are in the present wave,” he added.

Holness was quick to point out that the island’s coronavirus positivity rate was not “low enough” to return to “any form of activity that may contribute to spread.

“… So, we have to weigh that… over the obvious need and benefit of getting our children back into school,” he stressed.

At the same time, the prime minister emphasised that the only solution to address the risk of COVID-19 spread was to increase vaccination.

“So I am making an appeal, especially for parents who would like to see their children return to school, do the right thing for your child and get vaccinated,” he pleaded.

He also encouraged parents to allow their children to get inoculated with the Pfizer vaccines once they are available.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine approved for children aged 12 to 18 years.