‘Learn to live with it’ – Schools will not shut down if positive cases arise

Minister for Education Premila Kumar speaks to teachers at Baulevu High School in Nausori on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Picture: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

The Education Ministry will not shut down a school if any of its students or teachers test positive for COVID-19, says minister Premila Kumar.

She said this yesterday while speaking to teachers and staff of Baulevu High School in Nausori.

Mrs Kumar was visiting schools in some parts of Nausori to assess preparations for the resumption of classes for Year 12 and 13 students on November 1.

She said some schools abroad had recorded COVID-19 cases when classes resumed.

“Most must have heard of overseas cases when there was a number of cases recorded when school reopened, but then again, what is the protocol around that,” she said.

“Early detection is important, isolation is important and continuing with classes is important. It does not mean when a positive case is reported in the school, the school will be shut down for 14 days or 28 days.

“Our discussions with the Ministry of Health were simple. We will isolate after testing students or school teachers who may have COVID-19.

“But then decontamination will take place and the classes will resume as normal because the idea is that we have to live with COVID-19 and that is something that we all will get used to and we are getting used to it.”

School principal Vishnu Deo Sharma said the school was a COVID-19 isolation facility and also a vaccination centre for adults and children.

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