A sound learning environment is instrumental to the educating of our children. The operational repairs of 19 schools, prioritized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, will focus on ensuring that schools are watertight, more hurricane resilient and safe to use under regular conditions.
Repairs to schools will include:
- mold & asbestos assessment and removal/remediation
- roof repairs
- installation of hurricane shutters
- electrical work
- replacing of broken windows and doors
How will students be affected while construction work is ongoing?
An Education Logistics Plan has been developed with each individual school board and management team so that education to students is impacted as little as possible during works. Plans may include:
- Full relocation off school premises: all students and teachers will move to one or more alternative locations (commercial offices, community centers, and/or other schools) with in-person lessons.
- Partial relocation: part of the school population will move off premises, while the remainder of the students utilize sections of the school not undergoing works in that period. Any access to the construction zone or contact with the workers on premises is restricted.
- (Support to) E-learning: which will result in scheduling that includes 2-3 days of in-person classes on premises or elsewhere and the remainder of the week online.
Schools under repair
Start of works: week of Feb. 8, 2021
Duration of works: 80 days
Relocation Plan: Full relocation off premises Classes will be dispersed across other schools under the Catholic School Board. The NRPB will facilitate moving the school back onto their school premises (and setting up spaces to their previous state) after the conclusion of works.
Start of works: Feb. 2021
Duration of works: 100 days
Relocation Plan: Full relocation off premises with support to e-learning (hybrid approach). The NRPB will facilitate moving the school back onto their school premises (and setting up spaces to their previous state) after the conclusion of works.
Start of works: week of Feb. 8, 2021
Duration of works: 70 days
Relocation Plan: Partial relocation on and off premises. The NRPB will facilitate and incur costs related to moving the school back onto their school premises (and setting up spaces to their previous state) after the conclusion of works.
Schools to be repaired
- Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School
- Dr. Alma Fleming- Rogers Care Center
- H. Snijders Hillside Christian School
- M.A.C. Browlia Maillard Campus
- M.A.C. High school
- M.A.C. John A. Gumbs Campus
- Milton Peters College
- National Institute for Professional Advancement
- Seventh Day Adventist School
- Sr. Borgia Primary School
- Sr. Magda Primary School
- St. Dominic High School
- St. Dominic Primary School
- St. Maarten Academy
- St. Maarten Academy P.S.V.E.
- University of St. Martin
How long will the repairs take?
Repair works have been separated into three batches as it would be near impossible to relocate all nineteen schools at the same time. Repairs to the first three schools, which include the Leonald Connor, the Sr. Regina School and the St. Joseph School, are expected to take approximately 100 days should no unanticipated issues be found during works. The construction time per school depends on various factors, including the extent of damages, the size of the school, and if the premises will be completely vacated during works or not. Works on a second batch of schools are anticipated to begin mid-May and the larger third batch later in the year.
Who do I talk to if my child is affected by this project?
Your school management will remain your main point of contact for concerns related to your child’s school and education.