The Ministry of Education, on Thursday, announced that schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will no longer reopen on Monday, Aug. 31.

The ministry said that having consulted with major stakeholders, it had taken the decision to reopen schools one week later, on Sept. 7.

“Students will resume face-to-face engagement on Sept. 7, 2020 while teachers will return to school on Aug. 31, 2020 to assist with finalising arrangements for the new school year,” the ministry said in a press release.

“Recognising that the well-being of our nation’s children and educators is an absolute priority amidst a global pandemic, this week will allow teachers to be actively engaged with health professionals to review the individualised protocols and plan effectively for the new school year,” the press release said.

“The Ministry of Education and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines takes this opportunity to express solidarity with the family and people of Bequia who have lost a great custodian and advocate of education, Mrs. Dahlia Hanson-Ollivierre,” the ministry further stated, without elaborating.  

“Let us all continue to work harmoniously to combat the challenges presented by COVID-19.”