(SNO) – The Saint Lucia Teacher’s Union (SLTU) is expressing concern over a lack of protocol to guide the education sector if the coronavirus reaches the shores of the island.
In a letter to all members, General Secretary of the union, Chantal Peters situation surrounding the virus is scary and of grave concern and the union has not been engaged on the matter.
“To date the Ministry of Education has not engaged the STLU on any protocol that would guide the education sector if the virus reaches our shore,” the letter states. “This is of grave concern and and therefore the union has dispatched correspondence to the Ministry in that regard.”
Peters said that some guidelines purported to be from the Ministry have been seen and some aspects of them are “perplexing.”
“One of example of the guidelines that we find unacceptable is that part which states that a school will be closed only if 30 percent of its population gets infected,” she wrote. “We believe this threshold is too high in such a volatile situation.”
The letter encouraged members to observe the highest standard of alertness in occupational health and safety.
“Please observe protocols that our health authorities have advised,” it said. “Also we encourage you to immediately report to the SLTU any health concerns that exist at your school.”