Palau government extends school closures

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As a precaution against the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Palau Government has extended school closure for two more weeks.

All schools in Palau are currently closed in compliance with an EO signed by  Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. last month. The EO directs all government agencies to prevent and prepare for the entry of COVID-19 in Palau.

With the extension, schools will continue to be closed from April 6 to April 17.

Palau’s Ministry of Education issued the directive earlier this week.

“The additional days of school closure will help prevent the likelihood of the spread of COVID-19 in the community should there be an unexpected turn of events in Palau,” Education Minister Sinton Soalablai said in the directive.

“Furthermore it would allow time for the Ministry of Health to finalize mitigation efforts in response to the potential impacts of COVID-19,” Soalablai said.

While schools are closed, MOE will provide students with activities and lessons that they can work on while staying at home.

If Palau continues to have no COVID-19 case at the end of the two week extended closure, school will reopen on April 20, according to the Ministry.

Here’s the directive from Palau’s Ministry of Education: