A worker sanitises the main office area of Naparima College in San Fernando yesterday.

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Another round of sanitation took place at the Naparima College in San Fernando yesterday, even as a second primary contact of a Ministry of Education employee who works on the compound tested negative for the virus.

Although the college compound has been fumigated for three days in March, parents continue to raise concerns about the safety of students who remain on the compound.

On March 12, an employee of the Ministry of Education’s Victoria Education Division tested positive for the virus and three days later, on March 15, students returned to the compound.

However, a parent said only some students were advised to stay off the compound.

“Many parents were scheduled to drop off labs on the compound on the 16th of March based on teachers’ directives. Because there were no official messages sent by the acting principal to teaching staff, parents and teachers were unsure how to proceed to further guide the children,” the parent said yesterday.

Guardian Media was told that the main office was closed on Tuesday from 1 pm to facilitate sanitising.

“Teachers have been promised that the head of department and deans of discipline will be guiding the process and to date, there are no clear directions except telling the students to call the office,” the source said.

Only students currently preparing for the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams later this year are currently allowed to partake in in-person classes.

On Monday, the chairman of the Secondary Schools Board of Education, Christian Dookhoo, said all COVID-19 protocols are being followed. He said the school was fumigated twice, on March 12 and 13, according to directives from the Ministry of Health.

Minister of Education Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly also told Guardian Media that several members of staff from the Victoria Education Division who were deemed primary contacts of the positive worker were all quarantined. She noted that all persons involved in this case have been followed up with by the Ministry of Health’s Surveillance Unit and none were currently symptomatic.