Mold-affected schools to reopen on Monday

The Roseau Primary School was among schools affected by mold
The Roseau Primary School was among schools affected by mold

Several schools in the Bath Estate area, which authorities said have been affected by mold, will reopen on Monday Chief Education Officer, Melana Fontaine has said.

Students from the Roseau Primary School, New Town Primary School on Bath Estate Campus and Orion Academy have been out of school for almost two weeks now after some manifested symptoms of illness which was linked to the presence of mold.

On Friday Fontaine assured parents the environment is now safe.

“The school environment is now ready for the students,” she said. “Today, Friday, we have had the principles and the teachers at the schools preparing their classrooms and putting everything back in order.”

She said the ministry of education, with support from the forestry division, ministry of health and ministry of national security, “have gone ahead and have treated the mold.”

Additionally trees overhanging the school have been cut down, debris has cleared, and the inside and outside of classroom have been sanitized, according to Fontaine.

“So definitely school will be on Monday at the usual time,” she noted.

She thanked parents for their support and said the ministry of education will ensure the students make up for the hours they have missed.

“We give the assurance that we will do anything within our power to keep our students safe, healthy and secure and to ensure they are successful at what they do,” Fontaine said.

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8 Comments

  1. gaza
    February 10, 2014

    kou conet vie

  2. NKRUMAH KWAME
    February 10, 2014

    I heard on DBS radio this morning (on the 6.45 am news)the Principal of Orion Academy heaping praises on the Government for the manner in which the issue was handled. I await her response in the not too distant future when the situation reoccurs!!??

  3. posse
    February 9, 2014

    Couple years ago I visited the Calibishie primary school and the dampness in the school and condition I was shock to see kids still in there; could you check the school for mold also?

  4. Anonymous
    February 8, 2014

    While this is good news we can only hope that due diligence has been done, the situation was underestimated at first

  5. newtownPUPU
    February 8, 2014

    I hate it when supposedly trained and degreed ******** continue to manipulate or womanipulate the general public with their mold theory. There does exist a serious reservoir of fecal matter in this area and the authorities continue to pay lip freaking service to this issue. I have my child and other family members going to this Bath Estate campus ( imagine that ) of the Newtown Primary School and trust me if my pips or any other kid get sick by virtue of this then Dominica shall witness its biggest acts of civil disobedience within the law from the Newtown People. this is not a threat, for we are largely a very very law abiding people !
    Am calling for an independent investigation of this un-going Public health Mess/saga and some one must be held criminally and civilly responsible for harm that has been caused to our young people this state of affairs is untenable. What is JOSHUA FRANCIS and AMBROSE GEORGE saying about all of this ? Do they really care ? Should the hard working minister of health TIMO shake up that ministry to get answers?

  6. Paspolitics
    February 8, 2014

    Thanks for keeping our students in a clean healthy and sanitary environment. I hope that it is really all clear. Our children need to be protected and cared for to take over in the future.

  7. Largay lang mwen
    February 7, 2014

    It was never confirmed to be mold but let’s hope it is over. Ms Fontaine cannot assure anything so let’s hope she don’t be embarrassed if she wrong

  8. John Paul
    February 7, 2014

    Words are cheap! I am not convinced that it was mold that made these Kids sick!
    governments the World over lie to their Citizens idont see why this secretive administration would be any different!
    They try to make themselves look good in the process but where is the expertise analysis and what tools did they have at hand?Who the Hell moved all that asbestos? Why did the Catholic Church have to bring in experts?No one got sick near the Church because it was properly done!
    If I had a kid at that school I would transfer !

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