Bradshaw urges parents to uplift children, take COVID-19 protocols seriously

Barbados Minister of Education - Santia Bradshaw is urging parents to use COVID-19 cases as an example to their children, to take the health protocols very seriously.

Barbados: Barbados Minister of Education – Santia Bradshaw is urging parents to use COVID-19 cases as an example to their children, to take the health protocols very seriously.

This comes after the public health officials gave the all-clear to – St. George Primary School and Princess Margaret Secondary School after – the Ministry of Health reviewed COVID-19 exposures.

During the –COVID-19 update, The minister stated, “Though most of the students were abiding by the health protocols, while some were still not following the health protocols consistently.”

With this, she added, “There have been many solicitudes regarding the school environment. I have heard much interest about- whether the students are wearing masks, a lot of our students are wearing their masks and abiding the COVID-19 safety protocols. I would request all the parents to use this activity as a learning curve for many of you,”

She further added to her statement that if the students were not wearing their masks before, I urge the parents to take care of their children and send them to school with their masks and to follow the COVID-19 protocols.

“This has taught us all that we would have to pay larger attention to the protocols, and therefore students must adhere to the mask-wearing. Not only in the classroom, or not just outside – on the corridors, but they also need to wear it on their way to school.”

Bradshaw also emphasised, “Despite the anxiousness of some parents, schools have continued to be a safe shelter for students during these several months of COVID-19, and if protocols continued to be followed, they could remain so.”

She further concluded, “All of the medical evidences are suggesting that once you put the required protocols in place, once those protocols are enforced, that are rather safe to go back into the school environment. The danger in terms of our students is relatively low, and therefore while students are part of – the wider community and are in households where adults may catch the virus, the reality is we can’t stop them from getting it, but we have to make sure as we have done, that we provide the monitors at the entrance of the schools to test the temperature, that we have the protocols in place that if they are feeling unwell, that teachers know what to do.”