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COVID-19 having physiological impacts on both teachers & students - Hon Flax-Charles

- assures all in school system that Gov’t will do what they can to meet needs
Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Hon Shereen D. Falx-Charles said despite the challenges that will come as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the new school year, persons must do their best to cope, with an assurance that the Government will do what they can to meet the needs of both staff and students. Photo: Facebook/File
Hon Shereen Flax-Charles called on teaches to do the best the can despite the challenges of the pandemic. Photo: Getty Images
Hon Shereen Flax-Charles called on teaches to do the best the can despite the challenges of the pandemic. Photo: Getty Images
Medical experts have said the pandemic has led many to experience chronic stress, which can disrupt nearly every system in the body. Photo: mymsaa.org
Medical experts have said the pandemic has led many to experience chronic stress, which can disrupt nearly every system in the body. Photo: mymsaa.org
DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) said despite the challenges that will come as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the new school year, persons must do their best to cope and has assured that Government will do what it can to meet the needs of both staff and students.

Hon Flax-Charles gave the assurance at a special Back to School Service held yesterday, September 12, 2021, at the New Testament Church of God- International Worship Center in Baughers Bay, Tortola.

Do the best you can! - Hon Flax-Charles 

“We are going through some trying times as it relates to COVID, and whether children are learning online or face to face, there are challenges,” she said.

“I want to encourage everyone to do the best that they can under the circumstances,” the Minister further went on to say.

Speaking on her experiences as a parent, Hon Flax-Charles said home-schooling her 14-year-old has been very emotional since he had to leave school two weeks before the pandemic impacted the education system.

She said on visiting his school, most times she is brought to tears when seeing the impacts of the virus on the education system.

Physiological impacts of COVID-19 

Although she did not give details, Hon Flax-Charles said the physiological effects of the pandemic on teachers and students are evident.

Medical experts have said the pandemic has led many to experience chronic stress, which can disrupt nearly every system in the body. According to Help Guide, chronic stress can suppress the immune system, upset digestive and reproductive systems, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and speed up the aging process. It can even rewire the brain, leaving persons more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

“You can see first hand the physiological impact that COVID is having on not only our students but our teachers as well. But I want to tell you this, there is hope, we must follow the protocols and always remind one another, don’t forget to wear your mask,” she said. 

Hon Flax-Charles called for persons to make an effort to protect each other by following the Government COVID-19 public health measures and encouraging young children to do it.

“Those of you who can be vaccinated, please try your best to do so. We know that certain age groups of children are not able to be vaccinated so we need to protect everyone whether you are vaccinated or not,” she said.

10 Responses to “COVID-19 having physiological impacts on both teachers & students - Hon Flax-Charles”

  • Overwhelmed (14/09/2021, 09:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with Hon. Flax Charles , buh If they had fix the school them on time everybody would've gone back face to face fully while following distancing protocols. They always saying they gonna fix this and that and nothing is getting done. Some parents have to sacrifice their life to work from home. And some students have a hard time adapting to the online system. It's overwhelming
  • help needed (14/09/2021, 10:13) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get the Government needed to wave anything educational or school Friendly. I’m willing to bring in 5-10k of useable school supplies but if I have to pay customs top of that I won’t be no longer interested. Teachers and students needs help but the system have to make it easier to assist.
  • Sigh (14/09/2021, 11:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I feel sorry for the students, teachers and parents... especially students because some of them are more comfortable learning face to face and right now they have a hard adapting to this online system. And also they not getting to meet new friends etc.
  • Windy (14/09/2021, 11:24) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Impacts on the politicians also. Freaking crazy
  • Be Vigilant (14/09/2021, 11:53) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    I love this ministers passion when she is ready but i want her and the government to be vigilant in this time of whats happening around the world and in the BVI. We did fine following the protocols in 2020 and all went well. The infomation about children was already put out by the CDC and WHO and now it has changed.Experiments with pfizer on children have been done in the USA and other parts of the world and the found out that most of them ended up with heart failure. The Government should do its part to protect its people from harm and danger.Make sure our childrens future are protected. Do a proper research with who has already injected there children and the results.
    • @Be Vigilant (14/09/2021, 12:48) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      Stop talking piss about experiments on children ending in heart failure. Too many ayo people be getting your science off youtube
  • @@Be Vigilant (14/09/2021, 14:03) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I can understand how you feel but the time we are living in is real. This is no youtube science. This information been out months ago in the usa news where they did there trials in Isreal , UK and Usa. and the results they found is that two weeks after the secondose,some of the children developed Mayocarditis (Heart Inflamation) and Pericarditis (inflamation of the lining of the heart. These are serious adverse effects that should not be taken lightly. If one of these were your kids what would you say or do. And these were healthy young children but it was done voluntary with the parents consent.Please look outside of the BVI for real news from reputable source .Dont forget that many countries are far ahead of the BVI interms of jab roll outs and they have the data. Since BVI is linked to UK you can follow Public Health England and you will be amaze of what you hear from real documented data.
  • 4 more years (14/09/2021, 17:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I like flax Charles she better stick with the vip
  • dude (14/09/2021, 22:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The pandemic sent some good folks here totally crazy.
  • frustrated (14/09/2021, 23:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Know what else is causing physiological and psychological issues among residents? This government! It seems like all these guys know how to do is talk and point fingers.


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