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‘Do not panic’ but ‘keep ill children home if necessary’- Connie E. George

- said further information specific to schools will be shared shortly
Acting Chief Education Officer Mrs Connie E. George has urged persons in the Virgin Islands not to panic in the face of the Coronavirus threat to the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) recently approved $3M to aid the Territory’s response to the Coronavirus epidemic. Photo: GIS/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) recently approved $3M to aid the Territory’s response to the Coronavirus epidemic. Photo: GIS/File
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- As Novel Coronavirus continues to spread globally and poses a threat to the Virgin Islands, the Ministry of Education of the Virgin Islands is urging parents not to panic but rather adopt proper hygiene practices at home, monitor their children and keep them at home if they are ill.

The Government of the Virgin Islands has adopted a comprehensive inter-agencies approach in a bid to prevent the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) from entering the Territory as well as preventing the spread if it reaches the Virgin Islands.

Recently, Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) spoke of some $3M approved by Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to aid the Territory’s response to the global epidemic.

‘Do not panic’

“Do not panic,” is the first advice given by Acting Chief Education Officer Mrs Connie E. George.

Mrs George was at the time giving welcome remarks at the opening ceremony for Education Week held at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium on Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Noting that it was her first opportunity to publicly speak on the matter, Mrs George said: “We have declared an embargo on the COVID-19 in our Territory. How many agree with me? Psalms 91.”

She told those present that, from the level of the Ministry of Education, they are collaborating with the Ministry of Health, “And information is being shared. Further information specific to schools and school environments will be shared shortly. My team will establish a contingency education continuity plan.”

‘Stay focussed’

Mrs George also appealed to parents to pay careful attention to handwashing and good hygiene at the home level and, “Monitor your child if they are ill, keep them at home if that’s necessary.”

The acting education CEO reiterated there was no need to panic but to learn about the virus and how to avoid infection or spreading it.

“Once again, I ask, please do not go into panic mode. Decipher information received as a lot of it is designed to do exactly that, [to] send us into panic mode, but we are to remain calm and we ought to stay focused.”

10 Responses to “‘Do not panic’ but ‘keep ill children home if necessary’- Connie E. George”

  • Eagle Eye (10/03/2020, 10:41) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    I left high school 27 years ago and her name still remain the same with no kids.well she defending the VIRGIN islands i guess.
  • Huh? (10/03/2020, 12:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Aw, she made the sin of saying don't panic!! 'Usually when people tell us not to panic is when there is something to panic'
  • @Eagle Eye (10/03/2020, 12:13) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    What is your point for saying that? Stick to the issue.
  • a myrun hold over (10/03/2020, 13:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Showda is soft she should have gone long time!!!
  • teacherstoo (10/03/2020, 14:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can you please tell your Principals to not give teachers a hard time who are out sick. Some teachers scared to lose their job so coming to school sick infecting their peers and the students. and tell them stay in their own classrooms. Some are so spiteful, visiting other teachers' classes and spreading their germs all over the place
  • Coronavirus (10/03/2020, 15:14) Like (104) Dislike (0) Reply
    Once we get 5G you’ll see the same effects of the “cOrOnAvIrUs” don’t believe the main stream media, 5G isn’t meant for our bodies, read people
  • plans (10/03/2020, 20:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is been implemented if the virus hits the virgin islands. What plans do you have to offer home schooling for students and teachers if it occurs. I think the public needs to know how you would handle it. Let's face the facts the virus is spreading and we can only hope for the best outcome but let's not be get caught with our hands folded.
    • @plan (10/03/2020, 22:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      It can’t hit us, it’s not a virus it’s frequency that’s why no one has it here because we don’t have 5G technology, 99% of those who got sick was exposed to 5G technology, those on the ships, those in China etc... stand clear of 5G else we will suffer the same fate

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