Some Students Return to School for the First Time Since March

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Nearly 300 students returned to the Eva Hilton Primary School, on Tuesday, for the first day of ‘in-person learning’ using the hybrid method.

Principal Jermaine Butler said, “For the first day we were able to get through quite smoothly. The kids have been prepped at home and in sessions, and they know what the expectations should be.”

Why it matters

February 23rd marked the first day since students returned for in-person classes at public schools in New Providence, Exuma, Eleuthera, and Abaco,  since its closure on March 16th, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public schools are using a blended system which means a group of kids comes in Monday/Wednesday, the other group comes in Tuesday/Thursday.


Registers are checked at the gate. If the child is on the register, the child’s temperature is taken, the child is sanitized and then ushered to particular rooms to receive instruction.

Hand sanitation stations, including automatic and soap dispensers at strategic locations, desks spread out to maximize space between students, signage, markings on the ground with instructions, plexiglass barriers at teacher’s desks, are some of the precautionary measures in place.

Friday will be used to assist students who may have had problems with technology and were not able to get on the platforms. Principal Butler said they are trying to get them back in gear and fill in the gaps.

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