The resumption of face-to-face classes for over 300 students and staff at the Exchange All-Age School in St Ann took place recently.
It was made more manageable and safer with the support of the Sandals Foundation and the Ministry of Health and Wellness in the parish.
The partnership saw the health ministry and the students celebrating proper hygienic practices, mask-wearing, and knowing and exercising the necessary protocols to protect themselves and those around them.
The Sandals Foundation, which initiated the activity, also distributed school-logo branded masks and school supplies with assistance from the guidance counsellor’s office.
The school currently operates on a staggered system with only the grade six students being present for face to face classes for five days per week.
Principal Ricardo Moncrieffe was appreciative of the support from the Sandals Foundation.
He said the partnership between the Sandals Foundation and the school has been long-standing and symbiotic.
“We get the chance regularly to see the Foundation help those in need, which we value and appreciate, while we get the opportunity ourselves to bask in the love and support from Sandals Resorts International’s philanthropic arm.”
Nurse and health educator Michelle Whyte demonstrated the importance of practising the protocols and reminded the students of the value of proper hygiene.
“Remember to avoid touching [the] mouth, eyes and nose with unwashed hands. Washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser, maintaining social distance, and wearing your masks correctly (covering both your nose and mouth) should be a regular practice.”
All the classes in session for the day were given simple and effective hand washing demonstration techniques and the correct way to wear the masks, with the students eager to showcase what they’ve learnt.
Students across all grade cohorts participated in the different discussions that the presenters led throughout the day.
It’s important for grade six student Caeleb Frazer to be back in routine face-to-face sessions, noting that, “Being able to see my friends and knowing that we are all in our classrooms is very good. Because of what Covid-19 did to the country and all of us as students, we are really tired of computer screens and being home morning, noon and night. We are just happy to be back in school.”
The Sandals Foundation’s continuous support of the education sector led to Exchange All Age recently benefiting from the construction of two hand-wash stations on the compound.