MARIGOT–The Préfecture announced Sunday the return to school scheduled for today, Monday, September 4, for all children and students will be postponed until a later date.
This is due to Hurricane Irma which is forecasted to start affecting the Northern Islands on September 5. The decision has been taken in conjunction with the Préfet of the Region of Guadeloupe, the Recteur of the Guadeloupe Academy, and the Presidents of the Collectivités of St. Martin and St. Barths.
The release said the decision will permit the population to be better prepared for the storm, and for schools to be closed down and secured according to their hurricane protocols. Heads of these establishments, administrative staff, and technical staff from the State and Collectivité must be present to ensure the security of school buildings.
The new date for return to school will be revealed according to how the hurricane evolves, how long it lasts, and the damages done. The Préfecture reminds everyone that each individual is responsible for his or her own safety.
Cleanups should be done around the house, in the garden and yard, to remove or secure anything that can become a missile in a storm. Put together an emergency kit of water, batteries, food, important papers, etc. Pay close attention to weather updates issued by the media.
Hurricane Irma has the complete attention of the State which is in close contact with Méteo France. For more information about Hurricane preparedness consult the Prefecture’s Facebook page “Prefecture de Saint-Barthelemy et Saint-Martin” or the official website of the two Collectivités.
The Collectivité added that personnel from the Collectivité and Caisse Territorial des Oeuvres Scolaires (CTOS) must report to work as usual on Monday, at their regular hours, to secure the buildings.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/69165-prefecture-postpones-back-to-school-until-a-later-date