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Alexandrina Maduro Primary goes online after several students fall ill

The Alexandrina Maduro Primary School has been ordered closed and learning switched to online after several students fell ill. Photo: Facebook/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- The Alexandrina Maduro Primary School in Baughers has been ordered closed and learning switched to online after several students fell ill.

According to a press release from Government Information Services today, October 6, 2022, on Monday, October 3, 2022, the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports received a report from the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School that a significant number of students were absent.

It said the students were reportedly feeling unwell and, out of great concern, the Ministry immediately contacted the Ministry of Health to assess the situation.

Health Ministry identified 'several key areas of concern'

"On Wednesday 5th October, the Ministry received a report from the Ministry of Health identifying several key areas of concern. The report recommends the immediate closure of the school to remedy the identified issues. As more information becomes available, all stakeholders will be informed."

The press release did not state what were the issues identified.

"Therefore, as of 6th October 2022, at the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School, students will transition to online learning until further notice. The Ministry of Education is working feverishly to address the matters highlighted in the report and will do everything possible to ensure that this period of online learning is not prolonged," the press release continued.

Parents are asked to note the need for the immediate changeover and are asked to make the necessary arrangements for their child/children at home.

"We recognise that this change will create some inconvenience; however, we must ensure that the health and safety of our students and teachers are paramount.

"The Ministry of Education regrets any inconvenience caused and will continue to work in the best interest of the health and safety of our students and teachers," the GIS press release stated.

24 Responses to “Alexandrina Maduro Primary goes online after several students fall ill”

  • Rass holio (06/10/2022, 12:53) Like (36) Dislike (16) Reply

    Lordy here comes all the fear mongers now. “We need to vaccinate the kids” shut yall r@$$. Lol just putting this out there so if you coming with this type of suggestion then this is for you.

    • WOW (06/10/2022, 13:03) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
      Your name really suit you. Why would anyone come to mention vaccine and we don't know what illness the children have??? Again, good choice of name.
    • @ rass holio (06/10/2022, 14:27) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      so vaccination can stop mold in a building?
    • .... (06/10/2022, 14:45) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      that flu have them kids mash up I aint going lie my child has been vomiting and running a fever
    • Unvaxxed sperm donor (06/10/2022, 15:12) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Rass holio

      Thank you! Vaccination rates has dropped worldwide on not only the Covid vaxx but all vaxx. Love it!
    • unvaxx 4ever (06/10/2022, 15:14) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
      @Rass holio. you catch them before they start that lacking vision nonsense yh. pull up their hand brakes quick. you took the oil out of their engine.
  • SICK AND TIRED. (06/10/2022, 13:29) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most of the schools are filled with mold. Teachers and students are getting sick paying money to go to the doctor and have to go back to the same moldy schools. This mold situation ISN'T new to the government yet still they do absolutely NOTHING ABOUT IT. I don't know when government is going to get serious about the nonsense that's happening around here. I am sorry to say but Connie George needs to retire and let new blood come in. That woman don't really care about the teachers or students she just love to be in things and take credit for things she had nothing to do with.. I am so sick and fed up of our government and some of the heads of departments.
    • TruDat! (06/10/2022, 22:17) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Only ting that old lady care about is Agape - everyone else can suck an egg. She needs to go for sure and the Minister is clueless, mold everywhere and buildings falling down and all you hear is "updates coming".
    • @ sick And Tired (07/10/2022, 07:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Actions speak louder than words. The govt has done nothing to fix schools because school and education are not a priority in the Territory, just like the infrastructure. When they pretend they do, it’s a half baked solution. If mold is the issue then there is water infiltration. It’s fixable but not (to govt) that important. Nothig new. Been going for decades.
  • Sara (06/10/2022, 13:55) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why doesn't the ministry be honest with the public and tell us why the students are ill instead of all this mumbo jumbo set of words....strupes
  • locallocal (06/10/2022, 14:26) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    lets see how long our kids gonna be online now....
  • hmmmnn (06/10/2022, 15:18) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sounds like mold..... all those schools needs testing.
  • AMPS Parent (06/10/2022, 18:20) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    It's just a little mold causing the common cold. The problem is being taken care of, so no need to jump on the Covid train
    • Sick And Tired (07/10/2022, 07:19) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      "A little mold" .... Do you know how much damage " a little mold" could cause to your body? It causes breathing problems that thing can cause death. So no it's not a little mold.problem it's a BIG mold problem that keeps getting swept under the rug because it's NOT affecting department heads, government leaders or even some people that thinks it's not a big deal. Better needs to be done for our CHILDREN AND TEACHERS before it's to late..
    • Scientist (07/10/2022, 07:43) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mold does not cause the common cold, which is a viral disease. Mold instead causes allergic reactions (headache, runny nose, sneezing, etc) that mimic the common cold. If Covid is under consideration, test those affected rather than rely on misinformation.
    • Wow..... (07/10/2022, 11:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      So this is what they told you in the meeting? Deliberately downplaying the situation and misinforming the parents as to the real health implications of exposing their children to such an environment? Mold does not cause a cold. Mold exposure can lead to irreversible raspatory issues, allergies and worse.... It should not be dismissed as 'just a little mold'. Do you ever wonder why there is such a high rate of asthmatic young adults here who have been through the BVI school system? This has been happening for YEARS. The government need to be held accountable for this because it needs to STOP. (I also agree that Connie George MUST GO)
  • Nothing new (06/10/2022, 22:00) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    One of the major weakness associated with the BVI government is maintenance of its property and the Ministry of Education / Education Department is no exception when it comes to the upkeep of the schools. Complacency has become the order of the day and it overrides everything else with this maintenance crew that is responsible for preparing the schools. Just look at the pattern from year to year. Even though school is closed for eight weeks in summer, hardly any repairs are made on the school buildings during this long period of time. Most times it’s the week before school starts when anything is done. It’s a shame, a burning shame to see what little interest is placed in our education system., yet we proudly boast that the boys and girls of today will become the men and women of tomorrow. It’s time to put all the talk into action.
  • Mold Inspection (07/10/2022, 09:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mold Inspection was done and report was given, report stated that is the areas of concerns were not addressed, children would get sick.
  • just what I thought (07/10/2022, 09:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Was it mold or covid?
  • hey (07/10/2022, 17:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    My personal opinion these elected officials NEED to do better. If the children are our future, WHY are we treating them as 2nd best. Why cant it be mandated that ALL SCHOOLS be checked/inspected at the end of EVERY end of School term. to ensure that these issues dont happen at the beginning of the school terms. cmon not because none of yall have school aged children means you cannot use your common sense
  • While we talking about children's health... (07/10/2022, 21:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    From your trusted cdc...

    Though the study’s authors tried their best to minimize the link, they were unable to sidestep a “positive association” between “vaccine-related aluminum exposure” and “persistent asthma” in children aged 24-59 months.

    Overall, children in the study who received 3 milligrams (mg) or more of vaccine-related aluminum had a 36 percent higher risk than children who took other vaccines to develop persistent asthma.

    Note that a true vaccine-free placebo was not used in the study so as to make aluminum appear less damaging than it actually is. Had the study authors compared vaccinated children to unvaccinated children, the health risks associated with aluminum exposure would have been even more striking.
  • nurse (09/10/2022, 03:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    If anyone would like to explore some of the common myths surrounding vaccination, this may be useful:
    Please remember that the main reason people feel they do not require vaccination is down to the success of vaccines themselves, at preventing serious disease. Many people will not have seen a child seriously ill with measles, or incapacitated by polio, for example.

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