The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development conducted an assessment of the 75 school plants on the island following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27.
Based on that assessment, we have concluded that the physical structure of several schools have been affected in one way or another.
Our main objective is to ensure that our students, teachers and principals are able to operate, teach and learn in an environment that is safe, healthy and conducive to learning.
We have therefore assessed the access routes to schools located in areas where roadways have been affected as well as conducted structural assessments of schools buildings to ensure that students are not exposed to further danger while in the classroom. We have also considered that some schools are still without pipe borne water and as such we will have to find alternative means of providing water.
In light of these considerations the following schools will remain closed until further notice:
In the West:
-Coulibistrie Primary School
-Salisbury Primary School
-Berean Christian Academy
In the North:
-Calibishie Primary School
-Colihaut Primary School
-Dublanc Primary School
-Thibaud Primary School
-Woodfordhill Primary School
-W. S Stephens Primary School
In the South:
-Bagatelle Primary School
-Newtown Primary School
-Pichelin Primary School
-Petite Savanne Primary
In the East:
-Delices Primary School
-North East Comprehensive School
All schools not listed will reopen on Monday September 14, 2015. Dominica Grammar School will open only for the 4th and 5th formers in the new wing.
The Ministry of Education is actively seeking to secure water tanks for schools with no water.
All parents are advised to send their children to school with drinking water.
Students without all their necessary supplies (uniforms, books, materials) should still report to school.
The Ministry of Education will continue efforts to ensure that all schools are safe and ready to accommodate students in the shortest possible time.
In the meantime, we encourage the public to work collaboratively with us to return our education system to normalcy.