As reported by Lovin Malta earlier today, at least two major Maltese primary and secondary schools have decided to take a stand. The Government has decided not to close down state public schools, but these schools have issued statements to parents and staff announcing the temporary closure of their educational institutions.

Both St Edward’s College and San Anton School have communicated to parents and/or staff about changes to this week’s schedule. MCAST has also announced the temporary suspension of Synoptics and TCAs, though lessons are to be continued.

San Anton School will be closing down for a period of 15 days.

In a letter sent to staff and parents, the COO of San Anton explained that beyond the shut down of the school, alternative methods of providing lessons were being looked into.

“We will be closing San Anton School as of Monday 16th March for a period of 15 days or until further notice. We have already successfully tested the possibility of distance learning provision with our students on self-quarantine over the past two weeks and have plans in place to implement those and other strategies,” the COO said.

Parents of those who are on quarantine can send a relative to pick up their books tomorrow, the families were advised.

St Edward’s College announced it would be bringing holidays forward.

St Edward’s college headmaster Mr Nollaug Mac an Bhaird made the announcement this morning just one day after mandatory quarantine was announced by the Maltese government and preventative measures to inhibit the spread of the COVID-19 virus are rolled out.

“After lengthy discussions with all stakeholders of our SEC community I am informing you that we will be changing the dates of our holidays,” Mac an Bhaird said.

“We are taking tomorrow, Friday, March 13th, Monday March 16th and Tuesday March 17th as holidays. These days will be either made up for as school days on our Easter break or the start of summer break.”

The school’s decision comes as Maltese businesses and companies begin implementing work-from-home policies amid a national effort to minimise the spread of the virus.

The Malta Employer’s Association has even called for a 5 day shutdown in Malta this month to inhibit the chances of more Maltese people being infected. Just this morning, another two confirmed cases of coronavirus were found on the island.

Source: Lovin Malta