COVID-19 Response

SARS-CoV-2 Virus

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has forever changed the lives of every single human being on Earth. Phrases such as “social distancing”, “self isolation”, “quarantine” and “flattening the curve” have entered the collective lexicon of billions of people. As a small island developing state, Saint Lucia quickly realised the devastating effect that COVID-19 would have on the health sector and economy. The Government of Saint Lucia quickly put together a course of action to mitigate the spread of the virus within the population. The closure of schools was among one of the first measures taken to prevent a widespread outbreak. The closure of schools presented us with the challenge of how instruction would be delivered to our students who were now stuck at home and not allowed to travel or gather in large groups.

With the reopening of school for Face to Face instruction, the Stanley Jon Odlum Memorial Secondary School has implemented the following measures to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff:

All students and staff are required to wear face masks (covering the nose and mouth) at all times on the school premises. If a student cannot wear a mask a face shield can be used.

Students will have their hands sanitized by teachers before entering classes.

Students and staff will obey social distancing protocols and keep at least 3 feet away from each other.

Classrooms have been rearranged to allow more space between desks to comply with social distancing protocols.

Signage reminding students to wash their hands often, wear their mask and to keep at least 3 feet away from each other have been erected all over the compound.

Handwashing stations have been install across the campus to promote frequent handwashing.

Temperature checks and sanitizing of all visitors, students and staff will occur at the main gate.