The Ministry of Education has named the 17 schools that will resume limited face to face classes on November 9.

The 17 schools are located across nine parishes.

During a virtual press conference last Wednesday, Minster of Education Fayval Williams announced that the pilot project would run for two weeks.

In the parishes of Portland and St. Thomas in Region 2, Tranquility Primary and Infant, Moore Town Primary and Junior High and Yallahs High are approved by the Ministry to resume face to face classes.

The schools in Region 3 in the parishes of St. Ann and Trelawny are Steer Town Primary and Junior High, Troy High and Albert Town High.

In Region 4 in the parishes of St. James and Westmoreland, Somerton All Age and Infant, Chatsworth Primary and Infant and Chantilly Primary are set to reopen for limited face to face classes.

Approved in Manchester and St. Elizabeth in Region 5 are, Mile Gully Primary, Bethlehem  All Age and Infant and Ballards Valley Primary.
Only Clarendon in Region 7 will be involved in the pilot project.

The approved schools are, Morgans Forest Primary and Infant, Garlogie Primary Junior High, Alston High and Kemps Hill High.

The Ministry of Health will be required to conduct regular inspection of the approved schools, with or without  prior notice.

Also, the Ministry will assign a team to provide rapid response to a possible outbreak of Covid-19 in schools, while classes are being conducted.
The information will be relayed to the Education Ministry for further action to be taken.
Minister Williams says the decision to gradually re-introduce face to face classes in select schools was driven by data.
She notes the risk profiles of the schools being engaged are low.