Tony B reports from Haiti, lean a bit how the school will open in a different country.
Today is the official date for schools reopening in Haiti after more than 4 months of closure due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.
Today's date is only for students in grades 9-13. Next Monday will be the date for the reopening of all other classes for students from grades 1 to 8.
Schools are restarting to complete the 2020 school year which was interrupted due to COVID-19 from March 19 to July 31, 2020. The remedial classes will end on October 2, 2020.
However, the opening of the new 2020-2021 school year is scheduled for November 7, 2020, 2 months behind the regular school calendar which always begins on the first Monday in September.
For the first day, less than 50% of the students come to school.
The principals of Star of Hope schools reported to us today by telephone that the percentage of children present on the second day varies between 40 and 60%.
Star of Hope has scheduled the transport and delivery of food and hygiene products to all schools this week. But the inspection and follow-up visits will start from next week.
I will keep you informed of the reopening in details and photos after our visits planned for the 2nd week of operation of the schools.
Except for the Marigot school, which decided to start school a week before the official date, has been operating since August 3rd. We visited Marigot school on August 5, but only about fifty students out of 200 attended the school. Most of the children wore masks. It was also noted that the leaders have taken all hygiene and social distancing measures to protect children from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. I believe the same barrier measures are also applied in the other schools that we plan to visit next week.
The photos in the article are photos taken at the Marigot school last week. God bless all the Hope Star Sponsors to keep them healthy. On behalf of the children, we thank them all for their financial support in helping them to get back to school.
Tony B Project manager in Haiti