Union president says about 100 teachers in quarantine

Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) President Belinda Wilson said yesterday that roughly 100 teachers across the country are currently quarantined following the confirmation of COVID-19 cases in the public school system.

Wilson said some teachers who tested positive have informed her of that fact. 

“Not a large number, but some have confided in me as president,” she said.

“They would have said, ‘I’ve tested positive. I’m home in isolation; just letting you know.’ But, you know, you would have others who would be more personal and not wanting to express that.

“Thus far, there may be about 20 or [fewer] that have confided to me or have informed me of their COVID-19 positive test.

“And then you have some teachers who would have confided in me that their family members who they live with have tested positive, but they have not received any test as yet; some of whom are attending school.”

On Tuesday, Director of Education Marcellus Taylor said that two cases were recently confirmed at schools on New Providence — Stapledon School and D.W. Davis Junior High School.

However, Wilson told The Nassau Guardian yesterday, “We also have a few teachers who were COVID-positive at other schools. 

“They’ve completed their 14-day quarantine and they are still unclear as to how they are to return to school. If the director of education would send out the proper information and the protocol that schools should follow when there is a COVID-positive case or a suspected case, that would be very, very welcomed.”

She claimed there was a teacher at Central Andros High School who tested positive.

Taylor said he was unaware of that reported case.

Andros is one of the islands where face-to-face instruction will commence when schools reopen on October 5.

Schools on Abaco, Eleuthera and New Providence are mandated by the government to reopen virtually.

The Bahamas recorded 3,618 cases up to yesterday. There have been 1,915 recoveries. 

Authorities also reported a total of 80 deaths and another 19 under investigation.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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