t’s back to school for Bahamian public school students post Hurricane Matthew

After being out of school for three weeks, students in New Providence, Grand Bahama and North and Central Andros will return to school tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 with the exception of two schools; Government High School in New Providence and Walter Parker Primary in Grand Bahama. All teachers are to report to school tomorrow.

The return and attendance of the students of the Government High School will be staggered until the completion of the repairs. Students of GHS will return and attend as follows:

·  Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 – 12th grade students only

·  Thursday, October 27th, 2016 – 11th grade students only

·  Friday, October 28th, 2016 – 10th grade students only

Further updates on students’ attendance for the GHS will be issued on Friday, October 28th, 2016.

Please note the following regarding schools in Grand Bahama:

·  Only the 10th , 11th and 12th grade students of the Eight Mile Rock High School will return on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

· The 7th, 8th and 9th graders of Eight Mile Rock will return on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016.

· Jack Hayward Senior High 10th and 12th graders will return on Tuesday, October 25th while the 11th graders will return on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

· Students of the Walter Parker Primary school in Grand Bahama will return to school on Thursday, October 27th, 2016.

All schools in North and Central Andros will resume on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016.

Despite the severity of the damages at C.I. Gibson and Government High School, the Ministry of Education would like to thank the contractors for their commitment to the restoration efforts as they have been working overtime to ensure that works are completed in the shortest time possible. They understood the importance of working aggressively to return our schools to a state of normalcy and we commend them for making our schools a priority. They are doing their best to ensure that all classrooms are fully operational by Monday, October 31st, 2016.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology thanks the public, especially parents for their patience and cooperation in the midst of this unusual circumstance. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the administrators, teachers and staff who placed service above self and untied to rebuild the spirit of their school communities. We look forward to welcoming our students, teachers and staff to school this week and hope that they will all be focused as we do our best to make up for the time that has been lost.

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