#TurksandCaicosIslands – August 25, 2020 – School reopening in the Turks and Caicos will unravel over five phases and face-to-face school is delayed to January 2021 for the vast majority of students; it was a shocking reveal by the Minister of Education, Karen Malcolm in a radio address on Friday, broadcast at 8 p.m.
Minister Malcolm said from August 31 to September 14, there will be online orientation which will allow teachers to assess students’ abilities and readiness for virtual learning. This two week time frame will also be an opportunity for parents to get acquainted with the rigors of the proposed curricula. Classes begin on September 14 – online only, nationwide.
By October 5, fourth and fifth formers and tertiary level students will be allowed back onto campuses, while lower grade levels continue virtual learning from home.
Students outside of Providenciales will begin face-to-face or a combination of in-person and virtual learning from November 2nd in the fourth phase of reopening.
January 2021, is the fifth and final phase outlined by the Minister and it was projected to be the month for resumption of full face-to-face classes for all schools – public and private – on all islands.
Learning centers which had been preparing for a return of students based on the Ministry of Education’s Guidelines for Reopening are now expected to make a u-turn and to adopt this new Road Map to Returning to school.
The five-phased plan is fluid as it is based on the progress of COVID-19 control within the islands. The Turks and Caicos Cabinet will assess and adapt the Road Map to Return to School plan where necessary, said the Minister on August 21.