Education Ministry Releases Timetable for Reopening of Schools

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The Ministry of Education Monday, July 27, released a timetable for the reopening of schools following a consultation with the health authorities in the country.

Students from Grade 6 to 9 will begin classes on August 10, 2020, and end on October 3, 2020, while 10th and 11th graders will commence on October 5, 2020, and end on November 4, 2020.

The Ministry in a release said the reopening is aimed at first completing the end of the Academic Calendar for 2019/2020 and the preparation for the new academic year 2020/2021.

“The admittance of students into physical school will be implemented in phases beginning with 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders and followed by 10th and 11th graders. The Early Childhood Education level to 5th grade will not be enrolled in physical activities to complete the 2019/2020 academic year as more review is to be conducted to adequately plan for the opening of the ECE level for the next academic year. Schools are urged to facilitate the packaging of lessons as homework for the ECE to 5th-grade students and plan for a one-time assessment.

The school hours will run from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM daily from Monday to Saturday and Sunday in the case of Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) School students. The following rollout of physical school activities and other plans are outlined for school owners, students, education partners, and the general public:

12TH GRADERS COMPLETION

The 12th graders’ classes which began on June 29, 2020, will end on August 14, 2020. The West African Senior Secondary Certification Examination (WASSCE) is scheduled to start in Liberia on August 17, 2020, and end on September 2, 2020, which marks the full closure of the academic calendar for 12th graders for 2019/2020. Schools are urged to complete internal assessment by August 3, to 7, 2020, and finalize report cards for distribution on October 26 to 30, 2020.

Except otherwise advised by the Ministry of Health, there shall be NO assemblies for graduation ceremonies for all levels. The Status of the health risk shall dictate the course of action then and any options shall be announced as the time approaches.

ADMITTANCE OF 6TH, 7TH, 8TH, AND 9TH GRADERS

The 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will begin classes on August 10, 2020, and end on October 3, 2020. Schools are required to focus the activities of the catch-up classes on core subjects’ lessons (Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies) to complete the academic calendar 2019/2020. Schools are also encouraged to conduct a continuous assessment based on the content covered during the catch-up classes through classwork, homework, project, and quizzes to obtain the report for 4th marking period in the case of those schools that did not complete the test before the COVID-19 disruption of school and 5th and 6th marking periods, respectively.

ADMITTANCE OF 10TH AND 11TH GRADERS

The 10th and 11th graders classes will begin on October 5, 2020, and end on November 4, 2020. The subjects of focus for these grade levels are Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

COMPLETION OF 2019/2020 FOR ECE TO 5TH GRADE

The Early Childhood Education level to 5th grade will not be enrolled in physical activities to complete the 2019/2020 academic year as more review is conducted to adequately plan for the opening of the ECE level for the next academic year. Schools are urged to facilitate the packaging of lessons as homework for the ECE to 5thgrade students and plan for a one-time assessment. The lessons should be packaged into a weekly format outlining daily activities to guide the students and parents. Schools should also complete a study guide and any relevant information on the final assessment of students should be provided to parents. For assistance on developing these learning materials, kindly contact the Office of the Assistant Minister for Early Childhood Education and the Office of the Assistant Minister for Basic and Secondary Education, respectively.

All final assessment report cards for grades 1 to 11 for the Academic Year 2019/2020 should be completed and distributed by November 16, to 25, 2020, while grade 12 report cards should be completed and distributed by October 26, to 30, 2020.

The Ministry of Education wishes to emphasize that while the enforcement of hygiene rules and practices for a safe school environment is the school administrator’s responsibility, students, families, and communities also have an important role to play in ensuring compliance. Parents are required to continuously observe their children and if the child shows any symptoms of COVID-19, parents should restrict the child from attending classes as well as contact the health team immediately.

Finally, the Ministry of Education reminds all that the Coronavirus pandemic is still a crisis and cautions the public to follow the health guidelines and safety protocols provided by the health authorities.”