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Schools Re-Open Across the Country

Forty-two schools got the green light to begin hybrid instruction on Monday but several schools across the nation continue to remain online while other continue with paper-based learning. Senior Correspondent Paul Mahung found out that at one school in Toledo, the pandemic was not the only challenge that put a damper in their planned return.

As we reported, at Saint Catherine’s Academy, one of the largest schools in Belize City, students will continue online. Principal Salome Tillett told us via text, quote, “We are remaining online until this third wave subsides … At that time, we will re-assess safety of all concerned before a decision is made.” She also confirmed that all its faculty and staff are vaccinated while sixty-five percent of the school population have received their jabs. At Gwen Lizarraga High School, all of their faculty and staff are vaccinated, but among the student population, vaccinations are at less than forty percent. The school is considering making the vaccinations available on campus for students who have not yet received the jab. We understand that the school will discuss their course of action with parents and faculty as they consider face-to-face learning especially for the students, who need one-on-one instruction.