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May 28, 2020

Will New School Year Begin Earlier?

Marvin Manzanero

But will the new school year begin earlier in August rather than later? News Five confirmed today that a meeting with education officials and stakeholders will be held next week to determine the road ahead, given the COVID-19 situation and the possibility that by then, the country may be experiencing a second wave of the virus. On Wednesday, the recommendation was made to the COVID-19 Task Force for the re-opening of schools. Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero explains.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“We can only provide advice. One of the key points in that is that we are suggesting that the school year may…I believe that for the most part this school year is consider to have virtually been done away with, but if there is a new school year that is going to start, it’s probably going to start earlier than the traditional September. That’s our recommendation at least anticipating that we are going to have higher number of COVID-19 cases and even if it’s not COVID-19, traditionally we have flu cases higher numbers towards the end of the year. So we are suggesting to the schools that they perhaps or suggesting to the schools that they perhaps open much earlier in the school year, have a contingency plan for when and if they need to close sooner than the traditional middle of December calendar year.”

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