The 78th sitting of The House of Assembly – Friday, August 7, 2020. (Parliament of Barbados)

Minister of Education, Santia Bradshaw, has announced a “tentative date” for the start of the new school year – Monday, September 21. She made the pronouncement during the 78th Sitting of Parliament today.

“We have announced the tentative date of September 21 because we have to start somewhere. We have to position ourselves to let parents know that we are doing the best we can to ensure that school can start …. We are mindful that parents want to see their children back in a structured environment, but we have to do so safely,” she stated.

Minister Bradshaw underscored that the Ministry was mindful that all of the protocols would have to be put in place once school began.  

She said while there would be a “type of blended approach” to learning, the Ministry was still working out the details with its various stakeholders.

“And, it will require that there may be some days where some students will have to go some [in the] morning periods or some the afternoon periods. And, therefore while we work out the kinks, we are asking the public to be patient with us. There is no precedent for how to deal with COVID-19, or how to deal with devices coming into the system,” Ms. Bradshaw said, adding that the Ministry was trying its best under the circumstances.

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