SLTU Supports Closure Of Schools Amid Spike In COVID-19 Cases

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The Saint Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU) supports schools closing to ensure that everyone is safe amid the current COVID-19 spike.

SLTU President, Don Howell, explained the union’s position Monday in an interview with St Lucia Times.

Howell says schools should close until there’s evidence that community spread of COVID-19 is under control.

The SLTU official recalled that before schools reopened, the union had raised concerns about officials sanitising the institutions.

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“We continue to reiterate our calls to the Ministry of Education to take this thing very seriously,” Howell declared.

He explained that the SLTU is willing to work with the Ministry.

But Howell made it clear that the health and safety of union members and everyone on the school compound come first.

The SLTU President described sanitising the schools as being a ‘necessary precaution.’

But he said he is aware of  the argument about sanitising throughout the day.

However,  Howell said it would not be possible with so many people on the compound throughout the day.

He spoke hours after the Ministry of Education announced that the Babonneau Secondary School would revert to Distributed Learning.

The measure will cover the period January 18 to 20, 2021.

A Ministry statement said it was due to ‘an abundance of caution’ for  students, staff and wider community.

Some of the teachers ‘may have’ been exposed to the COVID-19 Virus, it observed.

The SLTU President told St Lucia Times that the situation supports the union’s concerns.

He said since the  authorities have reopened schools, the union will do what it has to at each individual school where it deems its members are at risk.

Headline photo caption: Don Howell, SLTU President (Image courtesy Hot 7 TV News)

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