Vocational Training School enforces 0-tolerance policy

~ Students without guardians not allowed in school ~

SOUTH REWARD–In light of the recent stabbing of a student at St. Maarten Vocational Training School, parents and guardians were informed on Friday to report with their children at the school for an urgent meeting on Monday morning. School Director Rita Bourne-Gumbs spoke to a large gathering and reiterated the school’s zero-tolerance policy.

Minister of Education Silveria Jacobs was not present during the important meeting, but Public Education Division head Glenderlin Davis-Holiday spoke to the parents and guardians, telling them the measures are to make sure their children’s environment is safe.

Bourne-Gumbs told parents the stabbing incident was unacceptable and the school needs to protect all students. Some of the topics discussed included students’ late arrival, school dress code, students’ disrespect for teachers, substance abuse, stealing, bullying, skipping classes and collection of report cards.

“Parents came with students to sign in and register at the front gate before being allowed to enter the school. We had a high attendance because it was mandatory and students who did not come with their guardians would not be allowed back in the school. It is time that we get through to parents and we all get on the same page,” said Bourne-Gumbs.

Some students whose parents were not with them were seen outside the school and called their parents for the Director to speak to them. Some160 parents and guardians came to the school with their children out of the 260 students attending the secondary school.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/64332-vocational-training-school-enforces-0-tolerance-policy