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JM | Sep 23, 2022

Several schools set to close at 12:30 pm today due to Tropical Depression Nine

Mikala Johnson

Mikala Johnson / Our Today

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Minister of Education Youth and Information, Fayval Williams. (Photo: Instagram @moey_jamaica)

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has issued several ‘severe weather alert’ bulletin for Jamaica in which it indicated that a tropical wave is advancing over the southeastern Caribbean with a potential to develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm over the next day or two.

Following the announcements, the Ministry of Education and Youth has mobilised emergency response teams at all schools that will be used as emergency shelters, after being directed to do so by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).

(Photo: Instagram @moey_jamaica)

Schools that are designated emergency shelters have been granted permission to close at 12:30 pm today to allow for full preparation in the event they will be used to house evacuees.

Education Minister Fayval Williams and the ministry’s senior executives yesterday (September 22) held a virtual meeting with school administrators and principals within the education system in preparation for the advancing weather system.

The meeting was attended by more than 800 school administrators who shared their safety plans for tropical weather related emergencies.

They were updated by the ministry’s team on the steps to be taken in the event that their schools are used as evacuation storm shelters.

(Photo: Instagram @moey_jamaica)

“I am pleased to note, from reports that I have received, that all safety and security protocols are in place for the impending tropical wave. Our public schools are at the forefront of providing shelter. As planned, evacuations are part of the many aspects of emergency preparation efforts for which our schools have to be prepared,” Williams said in her address to the school administrators.

The minister also commended the principals and teachers for their responsiveness, resilience and support during this challenging period.

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