COVID-Safe Students Happy Back

The return to school had many students and parents eager as they all practised COVID-safe protocols to protect the young learners
05 Jan 2022 10:13
COVID-Safe Students Happy Back
Suva Grammar School Year 9 and 11 students, (from left), Tima Vunisa, Berlissa Mario, Esther Valumasu, Lisi Ratumaitavuki, Fiona Namosimalua and Laisani Obitau express their joy as they returned to school on January 4, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Some parents have taken precautionary measures to ensure their children are safe in schools.

With students from Years 8 to 11 returning to school after several months yesterday, some believed these were necessary.

Torika Bulai, 43, who came to Gospel Primary School with her son, Alivereti Bulai said she had advised her child to always practice COVID-19 safety measures.

“I have bought masks and hand sanitisers for my child and told him to share the same information about safety measures that we have told him with other children,” she said.

Another parent, Lanieta Tokitoga, who missed her bus and had to hire a cab from Waiqanake Settlement in Lami to ensure that she drops her son on time to Dudley High School.

She said she advised her son to always mask up and use hand sanitisers.

Dudley Intermediate School head teacher Shareen Chand said the turn out for the first day was not very good and they had taken precautionary measures to ensure the safety of students in schools.

“We have 216 students in Year 8, but the turnout for today (yesterday) is around 30 per cent,” she said.

“Our children are all masked up and teachers are on duty for taking temperatures and sanitising students.

“If the temperature is more than 37, then parents are advised to take their children to the hospital.

“We are not allowing any parents inside because we do not know what they are carrying right now so they are asked to make appointments if there are genuine cases.”

Meanwhile, Suva Primary School head teacher Brij Singh said it is encouraging to see Year 8 students returning to school after a long closure and he is hoping for a good turn out ahead.

“We have 24 out of 40 students present today (yesterday) and hopefully we can reach 100 per cent slowly,” he said.

“We are using two classrooms for Year 8 students by opening a partition to manage two metre physical distance in classrooms.”



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