All public schools get temperature-check, hand-sanitising stations from NAGICO | THE DAILY HERALD

Education Minister Rodolphe Samuel tries out one of the hand-sanitising stations.


~ School supplies also given for pupils ~


PHILIPSBURG–In preparation for the reopening of schools to in-class instructions, NAGICO Insurances has donated automated hand-sanitising and temperature-check stations to all seven public schools, and school supplies for pupils.

  The donation is a result of a partnership formed between NAGICO and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport to fully outfit public schools with the necessary safety equipment and items needed to allow for proper sanitisation, health and safety measures in school.

  “With our schools’ physical reopening in the next week and the coronavirus pandemic still prevalent, we at NAGICO felt it necessary and prudent to partner with the Department of Public Schools to help to provide a safe environment for our children and teachers as they venture back into the classrooms,” NAGICO St. Maarten Managing Director and Head Eric Ellis said.

  “The Inspectorate of Schools has set certain health and safety criteria which each school must meet before being permitted to reopen, so it was based on those guidelines that the collaboration was formed.

  “NAGICO has installed a sanitisation and temperature check station in all public schools and has committed to provide maintenance for these machines and hand-sanitiser refills from the moment school reopens until the end of this year. In addition, we have provided over 500 swag bags with school supplies for the students as a little welcome back gift.”

  The temperature-check and sanitisation stations are all automated, non-touch systems that display hands-free temperature readings and hands-free sanitising dispensers. These machines will be placed at the security entrance of each public school and will be able to detect anyone who has a fever before they enter the premises, and to encourage sanitising at the same time.

  The machines were officially presented to Minister of Education Rodolphe Samuel and Educational Innovation Division Acting Head Oralie Boirard, who thanked NAGICO for “this generous donation,” which they believe will form an extremely crucial part of their safety protocols for schools.

  “After a prolonged closure of schools all over the world because of the epidemic, we as a ministry together with our school boards and other stakeholders have had to create protocols to safely reopen schools while taking measures to limit the spread of the virus,” Samuel said.

  “These measures have proven to be costly, especially considering the financial climate we as a country and individuals are going through, and because of that we are very grateful to NAGICO for stepping up in such a big way and for taking their corporate social responsibility seriously.”

  Samuel further explained that some of the safety and hygiene protocols being adopted will include physical-distancing measures inside and outside of the classrooms, the staggering of class schedules and recess periods, providing handwashing stations, the wearing of masks, regular handwashing, discouraging unnecessary touching, and ensuring that sick students, teachers and auxiliary staff stay at home.

  A range of sanitisation and disinfection measures have been carried out at the schools and daily disinfection and cleaning of surfaces have been arranged.

  In-class instruction will resume on October 19 in phases.

Source: The Daily Herald