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Safe Sessions During the Covid-19 Pandemic
As we’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, some students learn best in person. Many students also get the vital resources they need to thrive at school. As SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID continues to spread with variants that are more contagious and may cause more severe illness, the decision to resume face-to-face sessions has not been done on a whim. To ensure students can stay healthy—and physically together in sessions—here are key safety recommendations.
Everyone over age 2 years should wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth. Students should remain at least 3 feet apart within classrooms when possible. Several studies from the 2020-2021 school year show low COVID-19 transmission levels among students in schools that had less than 6 feet of physical distance when the school used other prevention strategies, such as the use of masks. Taking students’ temperature and monitoring if they have a fever of 38 degrees C or greater or any signs of illness is also important.
Schools provide more than just academics to children as they learn social and emotional skills, get exercise, and have access to mental health and other support services. For many families, schools are where kids get healthy meals and other vital services.
The pandemic has been especially hard for children with needs. Many children in schools faced at least one of three obstacles to online learning: lack of reliable internet at home, no computer at home, or needing to use a smartphone to complete schoolwork.
Schools are safe, stimulating, and enriching places for children to learn. We will continue to be guided by the Ministry of Education as we work together to help ensure students can safely return to and remain physically together in school.
Important Forms and Documents
As you know, I have been monitoring the developments within our community with regards to COVID-19 for some time. Though we can never be sure of the right time to “get back to normal” I have decided to see how I can provide face-to-face services while not letting my guard down as it relates to health and safety precautions.
I will be resuming face-to-face services in conjunction with my tele-practice. I absolutely love working with your children virtually and although I have been able to serve many of you during COVID-19, some aspects of my appointments need to be conducted in a face-to-face setting. With this said, you will now have the option for face-to-face consultations and assessments if they cannot be performed remotely. For PsycEd sessions, Pre-k, Reception, Reading, and students with special education needs only, will benefit from face-to-face sessions. This decision was not made lightly. Please download the forms which highlight the measures in place for Face-to-Face services.
Barbados’ Protocols and Updates
The information below is from the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) is the official communications arm of the Barbados Government. This Department is responsible for the dissemination of public information to the various news media and the general public. Click the links below to become informed and educated regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources and Fact Sheets