Reopening of schools on track ‘School board meeting fruitful’

Silveria Jacobs


PHILIPSBURG – The opening of school is on track with the Minister of Education, Culture Youth and Sport’s vision and goal. On Friday October 29th, the School boards met with the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (MECYS), the honorable Silveria Jacobs and the MECYS Recovery Team for the final meeting before the reopening of schools. The school boards updated the recovery team on the status of the schools and the availability of teachers. The recovery team provided vital information on the school hours as well as the bussing of the students to and from school.

The majority of schools will be operational as of Monday, October 2nd. The Minister requested that the school boards request information from the parents on their status. “We need the parents and school managers to be open about their status and situation so we can ascertain the feasibility of helping those that are most in need,” the Minister said.

The Minister also added that the reason for the reopening of schools in a timely manner was to regain a sense of normalcy and structure as well as strengthen the socio emotional wellbeing of the teachers and students who were affected. The school boards have been requested to practice leniency on the uniform code for the coming weeks.

The school boards all provided information on the reopening of the various campuses, which have been listed, below:

Reopening of school


Asha Stevens – CHS    – All grades – Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Helmich Snijders – CHS – All grades – Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Seventh Day Adventist School 

Pre Exam and Exam classes – Monday, October 2nd, 2017


Milton Peters College – Pre Exam, Exam Classes and VWO 4 – Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Sundial School – Pre Exam and Exam Classes – Monday, October 2nd, 2017


FAVE – Academy/Academy PSVE and CAPE

Pre Exam and Exam Classes – Monday, October 2nd, 2017 (7:30am – 12:00pm)

The School Board of FAVE has introduced extended hours from 2:00pm-6:00 for students who are in need of a space to do homework and research using wifi. The implementation of the extended hours will be made known to the students by the school management.

MAC High

Form 1 (7:30am – 12:00pm), Form 3 (7:30am – 12:35pm) and Form 5 (7:30am– 1:45pm) – Monday, October 2nd

Forms 2 and 4 – Monday, October 2nd (10:15am – 3:15pm)


Browlia F. Maillard – All Grades – Monday, October 2nd, 2017

John A. Gumbs Campus – All Grades – Monday, October 2nd, 2017

SKOS (St. Dominic High School)

Forms 4 and 5 and IB year 1 and 2 – Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Forms 1,2 and 3 – Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

SKOS (Catholic Primary Schools)

  • Sister Magda Primary School
  • Sister Regina Primary School
  • Sister Marie Laurence Primary School
  • Sister Borgia Primary School
  • Joseph Primary School
  • Dominic Primary School

All Grades – Monday, October 2nd, 2017 (Parents and students of the Sr. Marie Laurence will be notified on how the classes will be divvied)

Public Education

  • Oranje Primary School
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School
  • Leonald Conner Primary School
  • Ruby Labega Primary School
  • Marie Genevieve de Weever Primary School
  • Prins Willem Alexander School
  • Maarten Vocational Training School

Pre Exam and Exam Classes – Monday October 2nd, Tuesday, October 3rd and Wednesday October 4th, 2017 from 8:00am to 12:00pm

As per Thursday, October 5th, 2017, onward phase in other classes as classrooms and teacher readiness permits from 8:00am -2:00pm

The Charlotte Brookson Academy has commenced classes since Monday October 23rd, and the school board representative informed the recovery team that the school has been in constant communication with the students.

The National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) is still being used as a shelter as it was previously stated that as of Wednesday, September 25th, the shelter would have been closed. Unfortunately, due to the delay in temporary housing, the institute is still being used as a shelter and subsequently, will not be made available in time to accommodate the students. The board and management of NIPA are requesting that the students do not visit the campus until it’s ready for operations.

The Management will inform the students in a subsequent release on the date and time of the reopening. The University of St. Martin will also inform the students on the reopening of the institution in a subsequent press release as the information becomes available.