The month of June is usually busy in the school office with the registration of our current students for the upcoming fall semester. This process has been complicated with the school closing. Following the policies established by the Ministry of Education regarding the shortened academic year, all students will matriculate to the next grade. Any standardized testing required (PSE for Standard VI and BJAT for Standard III) will be done in the fall. Office manager, Ms. Linda has been at the school working for a few weeks now to move students into the appropriate class assignments.
Planning has begun for the opening of school in September. Ms. Tasher has said that “everything is different.” The Ministry of Education is focused on the basic courses of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic and is considering splitting classes so that ½ of the students attend in the morning and the other half in the afternoon to maintain social distancing. That may present some challenges for our kitchen staff and the lunch program as a whole, but we are confident that with Ms. Rosalia’s leadership they will rise to the occasion.
Mr. Freddy has used the closure to complete maintenance projects that can only happen when students are not on campus like replacing roofing and repairing decking around the school. The materials for these projects had been purchased in anticipation of the arrival of volunteer teams that were scheduled for Easter week and the summer but cancelled due to the corona virus. Since the supplies were on hand, with the help of the school security guard, Mr. Wilton and a Holy Cross parent or two, the work is getting done. Many general maintenance projects normally completed by teams will fall to Mr. Freddy to do.
On a very bright note, with the reduced need for electricity our solar installation is covering approximately 60% of our monthly electricity expense! Thanks to all of you who helped make this a reality!