Education Minister Santia Bradshaw has announced the closure of the Ellerslie School for two weeks after a female 5th form student tested positive for COVID-19.
The student is one of six members of a family who contracted the virus from a Barbadian who returned from the UK. The student’s aunt is the housekeeper of the person who returned from the UK.
Students of Ellerslie School are being urged to remain at home and their families are asked to contact the COVID-19 hotline if the children develop any symptoms.
The school is also to be cleaned and the schools overall are to intensify their cleaning and mask-wearing protocols.
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, says contact tracing has commenced.
He said this cluster of cases does not meet the criteria of community spread since so far all the cases are connected to the person who arrived from the UK.
But he said that while the school is a safe environment the COVID 19 monitoring unit is concerned about some after-school practices including children congregating without wearing masks.
President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union Mary Redman warned that schools have the potential to be “hotbeds of infection” and urged parents and school administrators to ensure children comply with the protocols.