Public schools will now reopen on Monday, 8th September 2014. The 2014-2015 academic year was scheduled to begin on Monday, 1st September; however, with the passage of Tropical Storm Cristobal and the resulting flooding across much of the country, a number of students and teachers have been affected, thus hampering a smooth opening.
After consultations with school officials a decision was taken to delay the reopening of schools by one week.
The delay will also help to ensure that students and teachers affected by the floodwaters are prepared to access the curriculum and continue the formal teaching and learning exchange.
The minister of education said, “The health and safety of our students and teachers remain our number one priority; and we must ensure that the Environmental Health Department, and Public Works Departments are able to comprehensively complete the required works not only at our facilities but also the surrounding areas in which they are located.”