EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a statement from Education Minister, Petter Saint Jean.
The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has made continuous progress in preparing schools, affected by Tropical Storm Erika, for reopening.
While some schools remain closed due to damage sustained and lack of water, I am pleased to announce that the following schools will reopen on Monday, September 21, 2015.
1. Jones Beaupierre Primary School
2. Woodfordhill Primary School
3. Calibishie Primary School
4. North East Comprehensive School
5. Campbell Primary School
6. Pichelin Primary School
7. Salisbury Primary School.
The following schools will remain closed until further notice
1. Coulibistrie Primary School
2. Convent Preparatory
3. Massacre Primary School
4. Roseau Primary School
5. Colihaut Primary School
6. Dublanc Primary School
7. Wesley Primary School
8. Petite Savanne Primary School
9. Berean Christian Academy
All Students from Petite Savanne attending the Pierre Charles Secondary School are informed that a bus system is in place and transportation will be provided. Students should be at the Petite Savanne Bus stop in Roseau at 6: 45 a.m. for pick up.
The reopening of school for 1st to 3rd formers of the Dominica Grammar School has been further deferred as the school continues to serve as a shelter.
I take this opportunity to encourage members of the public be tolerant and courteous to our residents at the various centers since they have suffered tremendous personal loss, and will require the support of the general public.
We encourage parents of students who have to remain at home in the interim, to make use of the textbooks and other school materials already purchased, to work with their children within the home setting.
I wish to commend the effort of the staff of the Ministry of Education and in particular principals and teachers at our schools for their hard work and dedication during this challenging time. However, it is incumbent on all to continue in that same spirit in the rebuilding process of our beloved country.
The Ministry of Education will continue to work with DOWASCO and other partners to return all our schools to normalcy within the shortest possible time.