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Reopen Schools - We Can No Longer Sacrifice Our Children

The Jamaican public has been told that the reopening of school in September will be based on vaccination and covid levels.
The fact is, however that covid will not be leaving our shores any time soon even with targeted levels of vaccination.
This is evidenced by the fact that places with high levels of vaccination are still having covid outbreaks. Vermont for instance is the most vaccinated state in the USA with 68% of the population fully vaccinated. Yet Vermont has had the highest percentage growth in covid hospitalizations and the second-highest percentage growth in Covid cases (only Guam is higher) in the last 14 days (415% and 222% growth respectively).
So, while I am sure the vaccines will assist with reducing Covid, there is no time frame on when this will be done.
In the meantime, we cannot afford to sacrifice our children who have suffered immensely from the lack of schooling.
We are not just speaking about the educational retardation of students (in an education system where many students are already underserved), but also the fact that school is a refuge for many students, the only place they receive a nutritious meal, a place they seek counsel from guidance counsellors, friends, teachers about stuff they dare not speak of at home. I could speak about an increase in early sexual activity as the devil finds work for their idle hands and a myriad of other social, mental, physical impacts, but you all know them well.
Hence I am petitioning the Government to announce the reopening of schools so parents can begin to prepare, and in the meantime put in place the stipulations, and whatever other requirements they can to allow schools to reopen as safely as possible.
Look at the places that schools have opened, learn from them (from what they did right and what they did wrong), prepare for all outcomes and take action. UNICEF through UNESCO has created a full framework for how countries can reopen schools.
We have taken the risk to open work, supermarkets, transport sector, parliament etc. we have to bear the risk to open schools as well. We can sacrifice our children no longer.
REOPEN SCHOOLS - SAVE OUR CHILDREN

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Close
November 19, 2021

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