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Schools to remain closed for the week

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All primary and secondary schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are expected to remain closed for the remainder of the week.{{more}}

A release from the Ministry of Education said the closure of the schools was due to the passage of Hurricane Tomas on Saturday, October 30, 2010, the resulting damage to homes, and the fact that a number of schools are currently being used as emergency shelters for affected families.

“As a result of the foregoing, the Ministry of Education wishes to advise parents and guardians that schools will remain closed for the week of Monday, November 1 to Friday, November 5, 2010,” the release, issued Sunday, October 31 said.

The Ministry also requested that heads of educational institutions and their staff be on hand to report on the state of readiness of their institutions for classes.

Shelter managers were asked to report to their designated shelters in order to perform the duties which are assigned to their posts “for the effective management of the post hurricane issues,” the release said.

Students of the four divisions of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, were expected to have been advised last evening whether the College will reopen today.