After President Mnangagwa declared a state of National Disaster and the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Coronavirus a global pandemic, Dominican Convent High School in Harare has decided to be proactive by banning assemblies at the school amongst a host of other measures.
The school invited a Dr Chiketa to educate the school on COVID-19, proffering advice on how to prevent its spread.
“Traditional school assemblies have been discontinued and all important announcements are now made remotely through the paging system,” said the school in a letter to parents and or guardians.
The school further stated that they intend to hold lessons online should the situation escalate.
“As the situation continues to evolve, we realise there could come a time when we might have to teach the girls online. As such intensified teacher and student training on the effective use of the Google classroom has become necessary.”
The school said the preparatory exercise will begin today.
“On Wednesday 18th March the school will have orientation for students with IT specialists between 8am and 1:30 PM after which they will be dismissed to allow for teacher training.
“Parents are therefore encouraged to pick up their children at lunch time on Wednesday.
“On Thursday (tomorrow), students are to remain at home all day for a trial run on their engagement with their teachers on Google classroom. They will be expected to post completed work back to their teachers and access the feedback online.
“On Friday 20th March, students will return to school as usual and an evaluation of the exercise will be done,”