The Ministry of Education has announced that regular school resumes from tomorrow, Monday, at the Alexandra School after the Grief and Loss Protocol was activated last Monday due to the death of a student.
A statement from Joy Adamson, the Deputy Chief Education Officer, responsible for schools, says a crisis support team, consisting of officers from the ministry’s student support services and guidance counsellors from various secondary schools, provided intervention using a triage system.
The students closely affected were targeted first, followed by all senior and junior students who needed counselling. According to Mrs. Adamson, the objectives were to gauge how the senior students were managing, to give bereavement support, as well as share coping techniques, problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
She stresses that all personnel who took part in the exercise are professionally trained and experienced. Provision was also made by a private consultant for staff of the school who required counselling.
The ministry adds that the guidance counsellor and school counsellor of the Alexandra School will continue to monitor the students in the coming week while regular classes will resume this week for all students and staff of the school.