KINGSTOWN, SVG (BreadFruit News) – The St. Vincent Boys Grammar School (SVGS) is one of the first schools to officially indicate that they will relax their normal school uniform regulations. Earlier this week, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Simone Keizer-Beache suggested that students be allowed to wear long trousers and long sleeve shirts to school in an effort to help combat the dengue fever outbreak.
The CMO said at a new conference:
“Yesterday, the Ministry of Health wrote to the Ministry of Education and advised that they consider allowing children, students to wear long pants and sleeves so that they would decrease the exposure…I know there are some schools already where that is allowed.”
In a release, the Headmaster of the St. Vincent Grammar School, Alfred John said:
Dengue fever has emerged as a current problem and has already claimed the lives of a few persons this year. The disease is transmitted by the aedes aegypti mosquito, which is very active during the daytime. In an effort to reduce the spread of the disease, we have taken the decision to allow students to wear alternative clothing that will offer greater protection from the mosquitoes.
As of Monday 28th September 2020, students of Form 1 and Form 2 will be permitted to wear long blue or black jeans as well as a white shirt or t-shirt to school every day, until further notice. Students in Forms 3, 4 and 5 will continue to wear their school pants, but they may wear white shirts with long sleeves if they so desire.
Furthermore, students are encouraged to use insect repellant, preferable one that is odourless, bearing in mind that some scents may trigger allergic reactions.
Please note the students who choose to wear their regular school uniform will NOT be penalized in any way.