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Education Ministry Updates Nation on School Operations and Hurricane Matthew

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JIS: The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, acting on the advice of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management has ordered that schools should be closed on Monday October 3, 2016. This is in response to the impending arrival of Hurricane Matthew which is expected within the next 24 hours.


The Metrological Service of Jamaica has indicated that Hurricane Matthew has been upgraded to a Category 4 (four) status. The Ministry has instructed all schools to activate their emergency plans immediately.  Please note that all schools that function as disaster relief centres, should put in safe keeping all important documents and educational materials. Those schools that serve as relief centres are prepared to facilitate arrangements for delivery of supplies on their premises.


We encourage school administrators to stay tuned to the media in order to receive regular updates from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information as the situation unfolds over the next two days.” The safety of our children and all Jamaicans is at this time most paramount, stated portfolio Minister, Senator Ruel Reid .


Further updates from the Ministry of Education will be issued through the media as the situation demands.




For Further Information Please Contact:


Sheryl Bromfield


Public Relations and Communications Officer


Communications Unit


Ministry of Education


Tel: 279 – 8990


CAPTION: The Hon. Senator Ruel Reid, CD, Minister of Education, Youth and Information.